Seoul, – South Korea’s fourth broadcasting and communications satellite, Korea Sat-7, was successfully launched Friday, according to Korean satellite operator KT SAT.

KT SAT, owned by Korea Telecom, said it launched its new satellite Korea Sat-7, also called Mugunghwa-7, at 7:27 a.m. at the Guiana Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana.

“The ICT Ministry already completed the registration with the International Telecommunications Union so that the Mugunghwa-7 is successfully launched and operated,” said Choi Yeong-hae, an official from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in charge of the project.

Korea Sat-7 is slated to be positioned at 116 degrees east on May 16 and to provide services in June after undergoing performance tests for a month.

Designed for a lifetime of 15 years, Korea Sat-7 will encompass not only South Korea, but also a larger part of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and India, the company said.

The satellite is equipped with the locally built Ku-band (36-megahertz) and Ka-band (200-megahertz) transponder communications systems.

Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space was in charge of the design, production and testing of the satellite, while the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of South Korea provided its navigation system. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency