December 04, 2012 12:22
Korea's third and final attempt at launching a homegrown space rocket has been postponed until next year. The scheduled liftoff last Thursday was suspended when a glitch was found in the second-stage booster.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said it decided not to push ahead unreasonably with the launch this year since the overhaul will take more than a month.
Engineers will overhaul the entire second-stage booster, not just the faulty component, and replace parts where necessary since it has nearly been five years since the second-stage rocket was manufactured in April 2008.
The technology guarantees only a five-year lifespan.
The ministry said a fresh launch date can only be decided once the overhaul is complete, but January seems a likely timeframe.
A spokesman for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said, "There is a slim chance that the launch will be delayed until after the inauguration of the next government."
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