September 5, 2008

South Korean Military Satellite Said Inoperable Due to Technical Problem

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

[Yonhap headline: "Glitch in S. Korea's First Military Communications Satellite"]

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) - A technical glitch rendered South Korea's first military communications satellite inoperable on Friday, interrupting services to the nation's military and other private clients, the satellite's operator KT Corp. said.

Mugunghwa 5, which was built by Alcatel of France and put into orbit in 2006, started having problems about 1:55 a.m. Friday morning, an official at KT said, adding the company was unable to communicate with the satellite.

"The satellite isn't pointing towards the Korean Peninsula due to a glitch in the control system," the KT official said.

KT was working with Alcatel technicians to correct the satellite's position, the official added.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0215 5 Sep 08.

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