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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 26th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

South Korea Cancels Expected Naro Rocket Launch

This just goes to show how difficult it is to have a successful space program:

Korea canceled the launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, or the Naro rocket, on Friday after detecting a gas leak in the helium injection system.

Officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Korea Aerospace Research Institute said that it would have to postpone the launch by at least three days until engineers and researchers fixed the problem.

Korea has until the end of this month to launch the Naro rocket.

Otherwise, the country will need another clearance from global agencies such as the International Maritime Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, and set up new launch dates, along with back-up dates.

Such global agencies need to be informed so that precautionary measures could be implemented in the sky and sea by diverting airplanes and vessels away from the rocket.

Officials discovered on Friday morning during preparations that gas was leaking while they were injecting helium into the first-stage rocket provided by Russia. They saw that the seal covering part of the helium supply line was damaged.

Helium is used to pressurize liquid fuel in the first-stage rocket to provide thrust during the liftoff.

Officials said that the Naro rocket had been taken off from the launch platform, and will need to be disassembled in order to thoroughly examine and fix the problem.  [Korea Herald]

You can read the rest at the link, but this also shows that if a country with money and technological know how like the South Koreans is having a hard time developing a successful space program, how much more difficult must it be for the North Koreans to do so as well?

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  • Setnaffa
    7:30 pm on October 26th, 2012 1

    In other news, it seems it’s not just the Catholic Church, the YMCA, or Penn State:

  • Baek In-je
    8:43 pm on October 26th, 2012 2

    The South Koreans are not competant enough for space travel. they can’t even properly drive cars. What happens when they are so lame that parts of the rocket land in residential areas? Who can they blame then?

  • Glans
    4:50 am on October 27th, 2012 3

    From that story, I can’t tell if a Korean or Russian component failed.

  • Dr.Yu
    6:28 am on October 27th, 2012 4

    Korea is just trying to develop its space program but some “enlighted” people here are bitching about it . . . . Werent people skeptical too about korea’s plans to develop its own industrial capacity producing products like ships, cars, electronics, chips etc before? Ok now I understand, they know its just a matter of time untill korea gets there again, right?

  • Matt
    10:19 am on October 27th, 2012 5

    At least they found it before wasting all that time, money and effort on another failed launch. Even if they have to resubmit for clearance at the end of the month, way to go Korea! :)

  • TheKorean2
    1:44 pm on October 27th, 2012 6

    They found that the 1st stage rocket from Russia, leaked helium gas during test trial on Friday.


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