September 5, 2008

South Korea: Military Satellite Working After 14-Hour Break in Communication

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) - South Korea's first military communications satellite returned to normal service following more than half a day of being out of communication after it was hit by a technical glitch, the satellite's operator KT Corp. said Friday.

Mugunghwa 5, which was built by Alcatel of France and put into orbit in 2006, was fully operating as of 3:54 p.m. [ 0654 gmt] Friday afternoon, about 14 hours after the glitch left military communications and another 20 private clients unable to communicate with the satellite.

The malfunction occurred at 1:55 a.m. Friday morning as the glitch failed to position the satellite appropriately, KT said.

"Seasonal factors, including a solar eclipse, made the satellite change its position. So the satellite processed data incorrectly," an official at KT said.

The recovery was delayed because the company had to work in conjunction with Alcatel, KT said in a statement.

KT is the nation's largest fixed-line telecommunications service provider.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0815 5 Sep 08.

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