Alert for NASA - a South Korean plans to launch a $500 satellite in December from Baikonur
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Alert for NASA - a South Korean plans to launch a $500 satellite in December from Baikonur

Seoul : South Korea | Jul 26, 2012 at 7:05 AM PDT
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34-year old Song Hojun an engineering student of Seoul, South Korea has proved that ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.

He has built a $500 satellite OpenSat in his basement out of electronic spares that he had procured from back street shops – NASA would be struck dumb when they learn of his.

This has been reported in dailymail.co.uk of dated the 26th of July 2012.

Song Hojun had spent nearly six years to collect together whatever items he would need to make his dream come true.

He went through academic papers, shopped online at sites which specialize in components meant for space projects, and rummaged through electronic stores hidden in the back alleys of Seoul.

In order to support himself, he ran a small electronics business but the bulk of his funds came from his helpful parents.

The OpenSat is cubical in shape, weighs 1 kg (2.2 lbs) and measures 10 cubic centimeters. It has been designed to transmit information about the working status of its battery, the temperature and rotation speed of the satellite's solar panel.

Radio operators can communicate with the satellite. If all goes well, it will repeat a message in Morse code using its LED lights at a set time and location.

A French technology company NovaNano acted as a broker for Song Hojun to arrange the launch – it would also find a suitable rocket for the mission.

The OpenSat satellite is planned to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December-2012 along with another satellite.

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