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SEOUL, July 11 (Itar-Tass) - South Korea has brought its multipurpose satellite Arirang-5 to the Yasny space launching complex in the Orenburg region to be launched into space in August, the South Korea Science Ministry said on Thursday.
After a two-year delay the launching of the South Korean space apparatus was scheduled for August 22. The satellite was to have been launched to the near-Earth orbit in 2011, but, according to the South Korean source, the launching was postponed because of problems at the Russian space launching complex.
The Arirang- 5 is a first South Korean satellite equipped with a radar for a lateral monitoring of the Earth and a special aerial, which enable to monitor the Earth at nighttime irrespective of weather conditions.
In January, 2013 South Korea with Russia's assistance successfully launched the first South Korean rocket NARO-1 with a Russian-built first stage.
The Yonhap news agency said South Korea has been designing a new space rocket which will be fully produced in South Korea and launched in 2019.