Naro Rocket Launch Halted AgainUpdated: 2012-11-29 00:00:00 (KST)
Just minutes before what could have been a historic moment for Korea, the third and final launch of the Naro was put on hold indefinitely.
Engineers are currently inspecting what went wrong, but for now, we connect to our Hwang Sung-hee at the Naro Space Center for the latest.
Sung-hee, what caused the delay this time[Reporter : ] Hi guys.
The third and final launch of the Naro that was scheduled for 4 p.m. this afternoon will not be taking place today, or may be even this year.
The problem was detected as engineers were counting down, about 16 minutes before lift-off and the cancellation was made at 4:08 p.m.
Engineers discovered an irregularity at the tip of the Naro that allows for the rocket to manipulate the direction of the thrust from its engine or motor.
The problem was detected in the second stage of the two-stage rocket - the Naro is jointly built by Russia and Korea.
Russia built the first-stage and Korea the second-stage.
This is the second postponement in two months, and the reason Korea is being so careful with the third launch is because it would be the Naro-1's last chance for a successful launch.
Russia has agreed to provide the thruster engine for a maximum of three launches.
Sung-hee, will we be able to see the Naro lift-off anytime soon[Reporter : ] Unfortunately, no.
Nothing is for sure, but according to Korea's science minister just now, there is high chance the Naro's third launch may not happen this year.
The Naro will be brought back to the assembly complex for closer inspection, and engineers say this process itself will take at least one day.
A closer inspection of what went wrong will probably be conducted for about three to four days, starting on Saturday.
Officials here are skeptical about meeting the current launch deadline of December 5th.
Nothing's for sure yet.
The defect was just discovered, so the engineers are still trying to determine the cause of the problem.
Back to you, guys.
Thank you, Sung-hee.
That was our Hwang Sung-hee reporting live from the Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province.
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