South Korea has launched its fourth telecommunications satellite, dubbed ‘Mugunghwa-7’. The new satellite is designed to provide enhanced broadcasting and communications services, Yonhap news agency reports, citing a statement from the Korean ICT ministry said. The satellite will be used to provide broadcasting and communication services based on LTE technology over the Asian region starting in July. The Mugunghwa-7 commercial satellite was launched from Guiana Space Center at Kourou in French Guiana, aboard a rocket made by Arianespace, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, said.
“The ICT ministry already completed the registration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) so that the Mugunghwa-7 is successfully launched and operated”, said Choi Yeong-hae, an ICT official in charge of the project. With a lifetime of 15 years, the Mugunghwa-7 will be positioned at 116 degrees east and will encompass not only South Korea but a larger part of Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and India. The satellite is equipped with the locally built Ku-band (36 MHz) and Ka-band (200 MHz) transponder communications systems. Thales Alenia Space was in charge of the design, production and testing of the satellite, while the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of South Korea provided its navigation system.