Title : THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHES OF THE MUGUNGHWA SATELLITES
Stamp Serial#
1853 
KPC#
C-1404 
MICHEL#
1877 
StanGib#
2189 
Scott#
1867 
Date of Issue
03/18/1996 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
150 won 
Design
The Mugunghwa satellite with its launching pad 
Designer
Kim Im-yong 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
The history of satellites, which began with the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R. rivalry in space exploration, reached a turning point when the commercial service was inaugurated with the launch of the Early Bird satellite(Intelsat-I) in 1965, thus opening a new era in commercial communications.

Though its early development mostly involved advanced countries, many developed countries have successfully launched commerial communication satellites since then. Following the launch of Korea's first telecommunication and broadcasting satellite, dubbed the Koreansat-1 or Mugunghwa-1, on August 5, 1995, the Mugunghwa satellite-2(Koreasat-2), a twin satellite of the Mugunghwa-1, was blasted off on January 14, 1996, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the U.S. State of Florida.

Like the Koreasat-1, the Koreasat-2 is a hybird satellite with FSS and DBS service. It consists of 15 transponders:3 for DBS(27MHz)and 12 for telecommunicstions (36MHz). The output power consumption is 12W for FSS and 120W for DBS. The mid-size Koreasat Spacelink, which weights apporoximately 600kg in dry mass, will be positioned on an equatorial geostationary orbit over the Pacific Ocean(116 degrees@E), and its boresight will be 127.5degrees@ E, 36degrees@ N, placing it over central South Korea. Its DBS and telecommunications services will cover the entire Korean Peninsula as well as the adjacent areas, including parts of China, Russia and Japan.

In addition to opening an era of cutting-edge technology in the field of satellite and rocket productions for domestic industries, the Koreasat project turned a page in full-fiedged satellite broadcasting and telecommunications. The launches of the two Mugunghwa satellites are expected to give momentum to Korea's endeavors in its space exploration program through the securing of a considerable amount of space radiowave and orbit resources.

The Minstry of Information is issuing a commemorative stamp to celebrate the landmark launches of the Mugunghwa steliites which hearld the advent of the information society in the 21st century and satellite-based telecommunications as well as broadcasting.