Korea will attempt to launch the homegrown Naro space rocket between Oct. 26 and Oct. 31.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Tuesday discussed the next launch of Korea's homegrown rocket and decided the best window will be between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on one of the days as it takes around eight hours to prepare for the launch.
The final launch date and time will be decided in view of the weather, a ministry official said. "But there is no chance that the launch will take place before Oct. 26." The official added political reasons "did not come into play in the decision and the chances of success were the top priority."
The first launch of the rocket, dubbed Naro, back on Aug. 25, 2009 failed when one of the protective satellite covers known as the payload fairings failed to separate. The second launch on June 10, 2010 also failed when the rocket exploded 137.19 seconds after takeoff.