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S. Korea may move up radar satellite

Ministry of Science and Technology, South Korea has announced plans to move up the launch date for a radar-equipped satellite, Arirang V in 2008, a year ahead of Arirang III, that can provide images at night and in clouds. Director Choi Eun-chul told the newspaper that the reason for the move-up is the applications available with synthetic aperture radar. A final decision on the rescheduling is to be made soon by the Korea Research Council of Public Science and Technology.

The SAR system allows satellite coverage when conditions are bad for photography and even provides images undersea and underground for mineral exploration.