S Korea to proceed with its rocket launch as scheduled

13:57, June 08, 2010      

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The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) is launched from its launch pad at the Naro Space Center in southern South Korea, on Aug. 25, 2009. South Korea's satellite seems to have not entered its target orbit after successfully separating from its carrier rocket, South Korea's science minister said Tuesday. (Xinhua/Newsis)

After an unexpected technical glitch in the electrical system of South Korea's satellite-carrying rocket induced anxiety about a possible delay in the launch slated for Wednesday, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said that the rocket will blast off as planned.

Engineers detected unstable signals from the ground measurement system (GMS) after the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), or Naro-1, was attached to the launch pad's cable mast late Monday. The unexpected problem resulted in a five-hour delay in the rocket positioning.

South Korean and Russian engineers repeatedly tested and examined the electrical system overnight to pinpoint the exact cause of the abnormalities, and the problem has reportedly been fixed.

Accordingly, a final launch rehearsal is being conducted between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after which an overall analysis will be performed on the outcome.

The detailed launching hour will be determined at around 1:30 p. m. on Wednesday, in due consideration of the weather and aerial conditions.

The launch will mark South Korea's second attempt in less than a year to send its rocket into space. The first attempt, carried out on Aug. 25 last year, went into failure due to a malfunction in the fairing assembly that made it impossible to place the 100 kilogram satellite into orbit.

Seoul has spent 502.5 billion won (407 million U.S. dollars) since 2002 to build the rocket and learn related technologies with Russian assistance and technical supervision.

Should South Korea succeed in its second launching attempt, it will become the tenth country in the world to launch a satellite from its own territory.

Source: Xinhua


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