October 26, 2012 12:36
The planned launch of a homegrown space rocket has been put on hold at the last minute when a technical fault was detected. The rocket, dubbed Naro, was scheduled for the third and final launch attempt at a space center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province, between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.
An official of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology told reporters, "The launch has been postponed as a leak was found in the part connecting the rocket and launch pad while injecting Helium gas this morning."
According to the ministry, the rocket has to be removed from the launch pad because the leakage occurred inside the first stage of the rocket, which was built in Russia.
If the problem can be fixed, it will take at least three more days to ready it for launch again.
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