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South Korea has chosen the European rocket Ariane 5 for the launch of the satellite COMS-1
South Korea has chosen the European rocket Ariane 5 for the launch of the satellite COMS-1. The company Arianespace said on its website that the Korean Aerospace Research Institute’s president Hong-Yul Pak and Arianespace’s Chief Executive Officer Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a respective contract on Monday. Ariane 5 will deliver COMS-1 in an earth orbit from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana in a period from the end of 2008 to June of 2009, Arianespace said. The weight of the satellite is 2,600 kilograms. It was designed on the basis of the European platform Eurostar. The satellite’s three tasks will be the survey of oceans, meteorological support and function of an experimental communications satellite. The satellite is equipped with European instruments for the first two tasks. KARI prepared telecommunications equipment. South Korea earlier launched three satellites on European booster rockets. Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) announced that a contract for the flight of a Korean astronaut to the Russian segment of the International Space Station in a Russian spacecraft Soyuz in the spring of 2008 would be signed in Moscow on Thursday. Roskosmos’ chief Anatoly Perminov and KARI president Hong-Yul Pak will sign the document.
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