Korea Continues to Carry on Space Ambitions with 2nd Space RocketUpdated: 2012-11-29 00:00:00 (KST)
Although Naro didn't make it off the ground today, Korea isn't abandoning its space ambitions.
A second space rocket program was launched in 2010 and the government plans to launch a rocket in 2021.
The rocket, tentatively named the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2, is meaningful in that it's the first rocket developed entirely with domestic technology.
That differs from the current Naro rocket because it's first stage was manufactured by Russia.
Another difference is that the second space rocket will have three stages, which requires more sophisticated techniques.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute says that the rocket will be 50 meters long and weigh 2-hundred tons.
It's much longer and heavier than the country's first space rocket, the Naro, which is 33 meters long and weighs less than 150 tons.
This is possible because the second space rocket will be powered by four engines unlike Naro which is powered by only one.
The government plans to spend more than one and a half trillion won, or roughly one.4 billion U.S. dollars by 2016 to develop the rocket.
That amount is more than two times the amount spent on the Naro over the last decade, showing how eager Korea is to launch a space rocket from its own soil.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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