August 07, 2009 07:46
The launch of the KSLV-1, Korea's first space launch vehicle, has been delayed due the malfunction of the backup pump in the engine of the first-stage rocket developed by Russia. It is still unclear when the rocket, dubbed Naro, will be actually launched, because Russia has not yet sent the outcome of its analysis of the problem to Korea.
Moon Hae-joo, an officer at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, on Thursday said, "If the Russian side sends us the outcome of its final analysis, we'll immediately convene a session of the review committee on the preparation for Naro's launch."
Russia's Khrunichev State Space Science and Production Center told the Korea Aerospace Research Institute on Monday night that more time was needed as a technical problem was discovered in the process of analyzing the combustion test of the first-stage rocket. As a result, Naro's launch, which had been scheduled for Aug. 11, has been postponed.
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