Naro Set on Launch Pad for Friday Blast Off
The lead up to the launch of the Naro rocket has gone according to plan.
The rocket began the day on the move, being carefully transported from the assembly complex to the launch pad on a customized vehicle designed to minimize vibration.
A little before 3 p.m., Naro was successfully connected to the launch pad via a cable mast -- which provides electricity and fuel to the rocket body.
And just two-and-a-half hours later, Naro was standing up straight on the launch pad.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute says all is going as planned so far, taking into account the lessons learned from its two previous failed attempts.
[Interview : Choi Hwan-seok, Head of Combustion Chamber Dept.
Korea Aerospace Research Institute] "We've improved the defects exposed in the past two launches, and all procedures have been conducted as scheduled without much delay with just two days to go."
The tiniest malfunction or unfavorable weather conditions -- such as rain, strong winds or lightning could still keep Naro from blasting off -- but KARI says they haven't found any irregularities that would require Naro's launch time to be delayed.
[Reporter : Song Ji-sun] "Naro - Korea's Space Launch Vehicle 1-is now standing upright on the launch pad, ready for blast-off in its third and final attempt.
Naro will undergo its final tests on Thursday, one day before its scheduled launch between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News, Goheung."
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