North Korea has begun spying satellite missions.
The military satellite launched its spying “mission” just days after North Korea launched its first spy satellite into orbit and condemned it for violating sanctions.
The country’s space agency’s Office of Reconnaissance Satellite Operations performs its mission as an independent military intelligence organization and reports information obtained to the military and other major units. The military intelligence satellite was launched aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the US Space Force’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
It’s part of South Korea’s deal with an American company to put a total of five satellites into orbit by 2025, an effort to speed up its goal of 24-hour surveillance over the Korean peninsula.