South Korea to try again to launch first space rocket

South Korea's space agency said the Aug. 19 launch was aborted because of a glitch with pressure gauge software.

South Korea to try again to launch first space rocket
South Korea will try again on Tuesday to launch its first space rocket after halting last week's countdown minutes before lift-off.

South Korea's space agency said the Aug. 19 launch was aborted because of a glitch with pressure gauge software.

Fuel was removed from the rocket after the halt, requiring several days to reschedule.

The development of the rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, or Naro-1, depended heavily on Russia's Khrunichev space production centre, which built the first stage booster, conducted tests and provided technical assistance.

The Naro-1 is 33 metres (108 ft) long and the two-stage rocket was built at a cost of 502.5 billion won ($400 million).

South Korea wants to build a rocket on its own by 2018 and send a probe to monitor the moon by 2025. It also wants to develop a commercial service to launch satellites.

But its nascent space programme lags far behind Japan, China, India, and to some extent North Korea. Seoul is betting that a successful launch will give it the technical prowess to catch up quickly with its rivals.

South Korea's space agency has tried to play down expectations, saying that only about 30 percent of countries' first attempts to put a satellite into orbit succeed.


Reuters
Last Mod: 25 Ağustos 2009, 17:19
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