South Korea's first military spy satellite was launched via SpaceX's Falcon 9.

Intensification of the peninsula's space race after North Korea's recent satellite launch.

Successful orbit acquisition marks South Korea's inaugural domestically developed spy satellite.

The satellite aims to monitor North Korea, with plans for four more spy satellites by 2025.

Orbiting at 400-600km, the satellite can detect objects as small as 30cm.

South Korea asserts a top-five global satellite technology ranking.

The launch is a strategic response to North Korea's satellite success.

Emphasis on the importance of reconnaissance in potential conflicts is highlighted.