[FPSPACE] Naro-1 launch update
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Sun Jan 27 19:11:11 EST 2013
SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea began preparations Monday for what will
be the third launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) by moving the
space rocket to its launch pad.
The KSLV-1, also known as Naro, is set
to blast off Wednesday from the country's Naro Space Center in Goheung, South
Jeolla Province, located 480 kilometers south of Seoul.
of the space rocket from its storage facility to the launch pad began earlier in
the day, and Naro is expected to be in place around 5 p.m., according to the
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
A final launch rehearsal
will be held from early Tuesday with the Flight Test Committee and Launch
Preparation Committee scheduled to meet later that day to decide whether the
launch will take place as scheduled.
The weather condition is another
major factor in deciding on the actual launch of a space rocket. Current weather
forecasts predict partly cloudy skies around the Naro Space Center on
Wednesday's launch, if it takes place, will be Seoul's
third launch of the Naro space rocket after its two earlier attempts in 2009 and
2010 ended in failure.
If the launch is successful, it will make South
Korea the world's 13th nation to have ever sent off a space rocket from its own
soil. The country has so far sent around 10 satellites into space, but all
launched from foreign soil and using foreign space rockets.
is a two-stage rocket with a 170-ton thrust lower engine built by Russia's
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and a 10-ton thrust upper
engine built jointly by KARI and some 200 other South Korean companies and
South Korea is already moving to develop its own 75-ton
thrust engine by 2018 and launch an indigenous space rocket with a 300-ton
thrust, carrying a 1.5-ton satellite in 2021.
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