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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 28th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

South Korea Ready For Space Launch This Week

It looks like the South Koreans are ready for their upcoming space launch:

A final rehearsal for the launch of a space rocket ended without any major problem Wednesday, though the outcome of a more thorough evaluation will be available later in the day, officials said.

The final systems check was conducted one day before the country is set to launch its Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) into space in its third and last attempt to send a rocket into space from its own soil. The first two attempts in 2009 and 2010 ended in failures.

The final launch rehearsal was conducted in two separate stages with a launch simulation of the Russian-built first-stage rocket of the KSLV-1, also known as Naro-1, taking around 7 hours and the launch simulation of the South Korean-built second-stage rocket taking about 5 hours from the start, according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

“The launch rehearsal that took place today involved simulated operation of the launch vehicle, launch pad and tracing system. Analysis of the data obtained in the launch rehearsal is expected take several hours,” it said in a released statement, adding the Launch Preparation Committee will be convened at 7 p.m. to evaluate the outcome of the rehearsal and decide whether the country is ready to blast off the space rocket as scheduled on Thursday.  [Stars & Stripes]

You can read the rest at the link.

It will be interesting to see if the North Koreans in the next few weeks decide to go forward with their reported space launch as well.

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  • tbonetylr
    1:00 am on November 29th, 2012 1

    Failure to Launch, AGAIN :!:

  • Stephen
    3:15 am on November 29th, 2012 2

    Neither the Südenlanders nor the NorKians will be getting an invite to put a replica Naro in the Smithsonian any time soon.

    SpaceX offering to send a 10,000-pound payload into geosynchronous orbit for USD 60 million.

  • JoeC
    3:44 am on November 29th, 2012 3

    Apparently, this time the glitch is in the upper second stage part of the rocket so they can’t blame it on the Russians.

  • Stephen
    4:58 am on November 29th, 2012 4

    The Naro is a perpetual Ponzi scheme.

    It’s Korea’s greatest invention: a perpetual motion machine. Every delay moving money out of taxpayers’ pockets.

    Failure to launch. Kaching! Start again.

    Failure to launch. Kaching! Start again.

    Failure to launch. Kaching! Start again.

  • JoeC
    6:25 am on November 29th, 2012 5


    That’s the pessimist’s view. The optimist says, “If at first you don’t succeed …”

    They even made blooper films about many of our early failures.

    That said, those failures produced a lot of publicly available scientific and engineering lessons learned that should have made it much easier for those who followed.

  • Baek In-je
    12:20 pm on November 29th, 2012 6

    Are you comparing the Korean space program now with footage of 40 and 50 year old rocket launches in the US. Certainly they are not that far behind.

    So, the Thais don’t even HAVE a space program.
    Other countries have problems with rocket launches, too!
    It’s not only the Koreans who can’t get into space.

  • Stephen
    7:11 pm on November 29th, 2012 7

    Baek In-je, I’m not saying the Südenlanders can’t get into space … just that the more launch “failures” the more money moves from taxpayer pockets to yangban pockets.

    5000 years of practice.

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:17 pm on November 29th, 2012 8

    The should have just bought the whole damn rocket from the Russians (and reverse engineered it like their big brothers, the Chinese) in the first place. Them Russians know a thing or two about rockets.

  • Leon LaPorte
    8:21 pm on December 1st, 2012 9

    Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — South Korea called off an attempt to put a satellite in orbit on Thursday, the latest setback to a program that has suffered failures in the past.

    The launch of the Naro-1 rocket was suspended minutes before takeoff at a launch site on the country’s southern coast Thursday afternoon local time.

    An inspection found problems with the electronic signal in part of the rocket’s mechanism, said Cho Yul-rae, a vice minister for education, science and technology. Additional time is needed to find out the reason behind the problem, he said.

    Analysts say the planned launch could rile the country’s hostile neighbor, North Korea, which carried out a botched launch in April for which it was widely criticized.

    North Korea’s secretive, nuclear-armed regime said its rocket, which broke apart soon after takeoff, was also meant to put a satellite in orbit.

    But the United States and other countries called it a cover for testing ballistic missile technology. The U.N. Security Council condemned the launch.

    South Korean authorities say their latest launch efforts are a crucial step for the development of the country’s civilian space program. The satellite carried by the launch vehicle is mainly intended for gathering climate data, they say.

    The South Korean launch plan is different from that of the North because it is more transparent, is clearly focused on civilian applications and doesn’t contravene U.N. sanctions, according to Lee Chung-min, an international relations professor at Yonsei University in Seoul.

    Despite that, North Korea is likely to “insist that a South Korean rocket launch should also be resisted by the international community,” Lee said.

    North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency has not published any reports so far mentioning the planned South Korean launch.

    The development of the South Korean rocket program, using Russian technology for the first-stage launcher, began in 2002.

    Previous launch attempts in 2009 and 2010 failed. And this launch was originally scheduled to take place last month before being postponed at the last minute.

    Seoul is aiming to develop its own thruster by 2021 through a program estimated to cost 1.5 trillion won (about $1.4 billion).

    A successful launch would put South Korea among the small group of nations that have sent a rocket into space from their own soil. Others include the United States, Russia, China, Japan, France, India, Israel and Iran.

    Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea hasn’t given up on its own rocket ambitions.

    The image, released by the company DigitalGlobe, showed increased activity at the North’s Sohae Satellite Launch Station on the country’s west coast. The company’s analysis of the image, which showed similar preparations to those observed ahead the failed satellite launch in April, raised the possibility of a new launch in the next few weeks.

    But while the U.S. government has observed activity at the North Korean site, it does not believe a launch is imminent, according to U.S. military sources.

  • The Korean
    11:17 pm on December 1st, 2012 10

    Stephen, like America doesn’t have a fair share of failures either? :roll: As for Leon LaPorte, it actually takes time for a newcommer like South Korea to launch a satellite up in space. The South Koreans are rushing this as obvious.


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