S. Korea launches space rocket, communication lost

16:18, June 10, 2010      

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South Korea launched a locally assembled space rocket Thursday, but communication with the rocket was lost only a few minutes after the blast-off.


Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), or Naro-1, is set up on its launch pad at Naro Space Centre in Goheung, about 485 km (301 miles) south of Seoul, June 8, 2010. South Korea plans to relaunch its first space rocket Naro on June 9, the second attempt after it failed to enter its target orbit in August last year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The two-stage satellite-carrier Naro-1, or the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), lifted off from the Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province, about 485 kilometers south of Seoul, at 5:01 p.m. local time (0801 GMT).

The launch of the rocket, developed with the help of Russian experts, came a day after a technical problem delayed the initially planned blast-off.

Last year, a technical glitch botched up the first launch. A faulty fairing assembly prevented the rocket from putting the satellite into the orbit and the rocket veered off course.

Source: Xinhua

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