South Korea is set to take the lead in atmospheric monitoring as it prepares to launch the world’s first geostationary environmental monitoring satellite — fixed above a certain point on the surface.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on Thursday unveiled the satellite, Chollian-2B, which will be sent to space in February 2020 from French Guiana Space Center in South America, Yonhap news reported.

Officials from the research institute said the satellite would be able to “closely check” the movement of fine dust and other air pollutants in the East Asian region in “real time”, hovering 36,000 kilometers (22,370

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