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Korea to Launch 2nd Naro Space Rocket on June 9 Updated: 2010-04-20 00:00:00 KST

The date has finally been set.
Korea will attempt to launch its space rocket the KSLV-1, otherwise known as Naro, for the second time from the country's space center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province in early June.

[Interview : Kim Young-sik
Dep. Minister of Science & Technology Policy

] "After carefully reviewing ongoing preparations, technical evaluations and optimum launch conditions we have decided to schedule the launch for June 9th."

According to officials the launch window has been set for ten days therefore depending on the day's weather conditions and other possible contingencies the lift-off could be postponed until the 19th.
As for the exact time, at present the launch is set to take place between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
However, science ministry officials stressed that the current time frame is flexible and that it could be changed on the day of the launch.

[Interview : Kim Young-sik
Dep. Minister of Science & Technology Policy
] "The final lift-off time will be decided on the day of the launch, as scientists will have to take into consideration the positioning of satellites and other objects currently circling the Earth to avoid possible collisions."

Currently, all the necessary parts, including the solid-fuel second-stage rocket, the Russian-made liquid-fuel first-stage booster and the second scientific satellite have been transferred to the Goheung Space Center and are undergoing tests to make sure that there are no technical problems.
Officials say they expect the satellite carrier to be completely assembled by the end of May and from there on final consultations with Russian engineers will be held in early June.
And if all goes well, the KSLV-1 will be moved to the launch pad two days prior to the lift-off date.
The planned launch follows the "half success" of Korea's first space rocket which ran into problems when the fairings that covered the satellite failed to eject properly and made it impossible for the satellite to reach orbit.
However, since last year officials are said to have made several adjustments to correct the problems that caused the fairing malfunction.

[Reporter : Jang Ji-yun
jiyun.jang@arirang.co.kr] "Although the first launch attempt ended in failure last August, officials are hopeful that in June, Korea will finally be able to join the ranks of the world’s top ten space powerhouses that have succeeded in independently launching satellites into space.
Jang Ji-yun, Arirang News."
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