Next Launch Attempt for Korean Space Rocket on June 9

      April 20, 2010 09:06

      Korea will attempt another launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, named Naro, on June 9 after the first ended in failure last year.

      Kim Young-sik of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Monday said, "We've set the date for the second launch of Naro on June 9. If it's delayed due to the weather, we'll set another date between June 9 and 19."

      The first launch attempt on Aug. 25 last year failed when the rocket strayed from its intended orbit due to problems with the separation of a fairing covering the satellite. The precise launch time for the second try will be determined by weather on the day.

      The lower part of the rocket, which is manufactured by Russia, and the upper part made by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute with its own technology are currently being inspected at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province.

      The Naro is to carry the Science and Technology Satellite No. 2 produced by the KAIST Satellite Technology Research Center into orbit.

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