Final Rocket Launch Date Confirmed

      January 25, 2013 09:57

      Korea will make a third and final attempt to launch its homegrown space rocket Naro on Jan. 30, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has confirmed.

      The window for the launch will be between 3:55 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The exact time will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on the day.

      The Korea Meteorological Administration forecast no snow or rain in the area near the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province on the day of launch.

      A final rehearsal for the launch will take place on Jan. 29 after the rocket is moved to the launch pad the previous day.

      The launch attempt was aborted on Oct. 26 last year when a fault was found in the connector between the first-stage booster and the launch pad. It was then rescheduled for Nov. 29 and again aborted at the last minute due to a flaw in the second-stage booster.

      That was due to a short circuit in the electric condenser of the hydraulic engine that controls the thrust direction of the rocket, which has now been replaced.

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