Korea's 1st Lunar Orbiter Ready to Be Launched

  • Arirang News

    June 07, 2022 08:21

    Korea is ready to launch its first lunar orbiter, Danuri. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said on Monday that it has successfully completed final checks, clearing the way for it to be transported to its launch site in Florida. The orbiter is set to depart Korea on July 5 and blast into space on Aug. 3.

    "Danuri will use Ballistic Lunar Transfer (BLT), a 'low-energy' transfer from the earth to the moon using the gravity of the earth, the moon and the sun. The method uses less energy and thus saves the use of fuel by about 25 percent, but takes longer to reach the destination," KARI senior researcher Kim Dae-kwan said.

    Technicians perform final checks on the Danuri lunar explorer before it is taken to its launch site next month. /Yonhap
    After traveling about 6 million kilometers to reach the moon, it is scheduled to enter lunar orbit by December. The orbiter will then circle the moon, conducting scientific missions for around a year.
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