With just two days left until the second launch attempt of Korea's satellite-carrying rocket, the KSLV-1, scientists at the Naro Space Center successfully raised the rocket on the launch pad in preparation for its lift-off on Wednesday.
According to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the rocket, also known as 'Naro,' left the assembly complex at 8:15 a.m. this morning and arrived at the launch pad roughly one hour and 20 minutes later.
Before the rocket was placed vertically on the launch pad various fuel lines and system control cables were first connected to Naro, then at around 3:30 this afternoon engineers began the process of lifting the rocket using the erector arm.
Korean and Russian scientists are currently conducting final checks on all vital mechanical systems and reviewing the position of the rocket on the launch pad in order to make sure that Naro will lift-off in the correct trajectory.
The 33-meter tall, 140-ton rocket is a mid-sized launch vehicle consisting of two sections, the Russian-made stage operating on liquid fuel and the Korean-made stage using solid fuel that will carry a satellite weighing 100 kilograms into orbit.
The country has so far spent 502.5 billion won, roughly 418 million US dollars, on the project in hopes of becoming only the tenth country capable of successfully launching a satellite from its own soil.
Korea has already notified both the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization of the Wednesday launch and has reserved a ten day "launch window" in case of unforeseen contingencies.
And on Tuesday, just one day before the official launch, a six-hour final lift-off rehearsal will take place starting at 11 a.m. with the actual countdown kicking off sometime between 4:30 and 6:40 p.m. on June 9th at the country's space center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province.
The planned launch follows the "half success" blastoff of the first satellite carrier last August which failed to place its satellite into orbit due to problems in the fairing assembly.
Jang Ji-yun, Arirang News.