New Rocket Launch Set for Next Thursday

The third and final launch attempt for the homegrown Korean rocket Naro has now been set for 4 p.m. next Thursday, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said.

The exact time will be finalized at 1:30 p.m. on the day. Just in case of a further delay, the ministry told relevant international organizations that the new launch window ends on Dec. 5.

The launch had to be abandoned at the last minute in late October because of a faulty part.

If the launch again fails to materialize within the new window, the ministry will delay it until next year.

Korean and Russian experts will finish checking all aspects of the rocket by the end of this week. If no errors are found, the rocket will be taken to the launch pad on Monday and a rehearsal held on Tuesday.

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 23, 2012 13:17 KST