Korea to Launch Space Rocket Naro in Late January or Early FebruaryUpdated: 2013-01-17 (KST)
Korea will make another bid between January 30th and February 8th to put a satellite in orbit after delaying the launch last November. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said Wednesday that it has decided to push ahead with the third attempt after reviewing a range of technical information. The final date and exact time of the third launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, also known as the Naro, will be decided later, depending on weather conditions and other issues. The time frame for the launch however, has been set for between 3:55 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said that the latest problem with the rocket's thrust vector system has been fixed and it confirmed the launch window with Russian engineers.The Naro rocket has a first stage manufactured by Russia, with a solid-fuel second stage built in Korea.
By the end of this week, the first and second stages of the rocket will be connected and a thorough run-through is slated for sometime next week.The country's third attempt to send off the space rocket follows failed attempts in 2009 and 2010.The current attempt has been delayed twice already, once in October and once in November, both for technical reasons. Hwang Ji-hye, firstname.lastname@example.org} A successful launch is crucial to Korea's commercial space ambitions.It would make the nation the world's 13th to have successfully launched a space rocket from its own soil. Hwang Ji-hye , Arirang News.