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Launch of two South Korean satellites threatened by Russia’s Ukraine war

According to South Korean officials, the launch later this year of two new home-built satellites on Russian rockets is now unlikely because of the sanctions imposed because of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.

South Korea’s CAS500-2 remote sensing satellite is set to launch in the first half of this year on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. South Korea’s KOMPSAT-6 multipurpose satellite, equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is due to launch in the second half of the year on a Russian Angara rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

“For now, nothing has changed to the plan,” Korea Aerospace Research Institute spokesman Roh Hyung-il told SpaceNews. “We are taking a close look at how the situation unfolds because it could have a significant impact on our missions.” He admitted that it’s “very likely” that the satellites won’t be launched as planned.

Those officials also said that losing Russia as a launch option will be a “serious blow” to South Korea’s entire space effort. I find that puzzling. There are plenty of other rocket companies now available. Why South Korea feels a need to depend on Russia seems short-sighted.

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  • Matt in AZ

    Losing Russia for future launch endeavors shouldn’t be a big blow, but if those satellites are already in Russian hands for processing, it may be hard to get them back. The same goes for any money paid in advance, similar to One Web.

  • Tom

    The previous spacecraft, CAS500-1, was delivered 90 days prior to launch last year. Since we’re 118 days out, it may still be in Korea.

  • Concerned

    I thought South Korea is an ally of ours. Why are they going anywhere near the Russians? I’m equally puzzled.

  • LocalFulff

    Here’s a segment from Sky News (a fittingly named news network) about cubesats providing great imagery of the war events in Ukraine., by private companies. 31 minutes into it where the link below hopefully start:

    A little sign of how private space is becoming a part of everyday life. (I btw find the Baghdad Bob narrative of “Russia is losing the war” quite funny!)

  • pzatchok

    As those companies with payloads in Russia better get them back as fast as possible,

    I can see Russia changing the frequency of the radios computer security and just using them themself in a couple years.

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