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S Korea's space rocket launch suspended, launch unlikely Wednesday
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16:43, August 19, 2009

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South Korea's rocket launch was suspended 7 minutes and 56 seconds before its scheduled time, local media reported Wednesday.

According to local news channel YTN, injected fuel has been dumped, while the launch pad has been erected, which is hinting that the blast was unlikely to take place on Wednesday.

Releasing fuel makes it impossible to launch the rocket within the day.

The next launch would be possible at least 72 hours later.


File photograph taken on Aug. 17, 2009 shows the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) is moved to its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, 450 km south of Seoul, capital of South Korea. South Korea's rocket launch was suspended 7 minutes and 56 seconds before its scheduled time, local media reported Wednesday. (Xinhua/KARI)

The media reported that there seems to be technical problems in the rocket's automatic sequence although the exact reason has not been identified. It also said it is yet to call the launch a success or a failure.

The delay is the seventh time since the project started in 2002 under a cooperative arrangement with Russia.

Source: Xinhua



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