S. Korea's Arirang 5 satellite arrives in Russia for scheduled launch

SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) -- The country's new multipurpose satellite Arirang 5 arrived in Russia on Thursday for its scheduled launch next month, the Seoul government said.

The satellite arrived at Russia's Yasny launch site at 9 p.m. (Seoul time), according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

The Arirang 5 satellite is scheduled to be launched Aug. 22, after a two-year delay. The satellite was originally set to be launched in 2011, but the launch has been delayed due to what the ministry earlier called problems at the Russian launch base.

The Arirang 5 is the country's first satellite with a synthetic aperture radar, which enables observation of the earth's surface even at night, regardless of weather conditions.

South Korea successfully launched its first-ever space rocket, Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, which was built jointly with Russia, in January.

The country is currently working to develop an indigenous space rocket for a launch in 2019.

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