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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 30th, 2013 at 5:02 am

South Korea Successfully Launches Naro-1 Rocket

It has been a long time coming but the South Koreans have finally launched their Naro-1 rocket:

South Korea successfully launched its first-ever space rocket Wednesday, the country’s science minister said, with the satellite carried by the rocket also believed to have entered its intended orbit.

Whether the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro, has successfully deployed its payload satellite will be determined early Thursday (local time), Lee Ju-ho, minister of education, science and technology, told a press conference.

“At 4 p.m. today, the Naro was successfully launched. The satellite was deployed 540 seconds after the launch and an analysis of related data shows the satellite has successfully entered its target orbit,” he said.

Soon after its deployment, the Science and Technology Satellite-2C began transmitting beacon signals, which were successfully received by a ground station in Norway about 90 minutes after the launch of the KSLV-1 from South Korea’s Naro Space Center, according to officials from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

The successful transmission of beacon signal means the satellite is working properly, they said.  [Yonhap]

You can read the rest at the link.  Something important to realize about South Korea’s space program is that they already have satellites in space that were put up by the US, Russia, and Japan.  So they have experience with satellites and have infrastructure in place to manage them.  Additionally with this rocket launch they successfully put their satellite into a proper orbit compared to the North Koreans who’s satellite has been widely reported to be tumbling in orbit and thus unusable.  So even though North Korea was first to shoot a rocket into space clearly the South Koreans are way more advanced in their space program than the North Koreans.

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  • Brian
    10:03 am on January 30th, 2013 1

    Third time is the charm. Now if Korea use the technology to build their space shuttle, I will be impressed.

  • sam timmerman
    10:53 am on January 30th, 2013 2

    Don’t hold your breath … Korea will have to back-engineer something atolen from America. They have foreigners design their cars, so something like a space shuttle is just a bit beyond their capability. When they figure out what a red stop light is, maybe they can move on to the next big challenge – what is a stop sign ? baby steps ….

  • Setnaffa
    6:01 pm on January 30th, 2013 3

    “Sam Timmerman”… Reminds me of a story…

    A man, new to town was walking along main street and comes upon a sign on the wall of a business:


    Well, curiousity got the better of him and he went inside to ask the proprietor how he came up with the name.

    The proprietor began, “I was in a long line of immigratiors getting off of ships from all sorts of different countries. They asked the man in front of me what his name was he said ‘Ole Olsen’. When it came my turn I replied , ‘Sam Ting’…”

  • Kangaji
    7:58 pm on January 30th, 2013 4

    단숨에 동지들아! 앗… 남쪽 정부의 로겟 발사라구? 대한민국 화이팅!

  • Bruce K. Nivens
    8:15 pm on January 30th, 2013 5

    Congratulations to the ROK for their successful launch and satellite deployment. Excellent news!

  • Refman
    8:45 pm on January 30th, 2013 6

    Sam Timmerman is an idiot. You do know that a lot of the designers in Detroit for American cars are Koreans? You also know that Toyota and Nissan have hired many Korean designers and have called them the Italians of Asia? Look up “Korean Car Designers Make Their Mark On the U.S. Auto Industry”.

  • Onezime
    10:31 pm on January 30th, 2013 7


    Excellent point.

    And that only names a few of the Korean designers. A quick search on Google will bring up some more names. For example, the manager for exterior design at Ford is Korean-American (born in South Korea, grew up in South America, and then studied in the US).

  • Glans
    4:22 am on January 31st, 2013 8

    Bruce 5, yes, the South Koreans say their satellite is working. Apparently the North Korean satellite failed.

  • Setnaffa
    5:43 am on January 31st, 2013 9

    Since the Chinese have satellites, they must not trust their norklings with that technology…

  • raid
    11:19 am on January 31st, 2013 10

    You do know that this is a Russian rocket right ? the Korean bit is the smaller diameter bit on the top , all the rest is Russian designed , russian built and their technicians even fuelled it and launched it .
    No doubt Korea will one day have a successful advanced space program , but they aren’t there yet

  • John in LA
    12:08 pm on January 31st, 2013 11

    Yes. Everyone in S Korea with above average interest (and knowledge) in the program is aware of it.

  • Fuddpucker
    1:09 am on February 1st, 2013 12

    It’s amazing how far ahead the Russians and Americans were back in the late 50′s. Sure, the Eurpeans and Chinese have come a long, long way at least to catch up with the Russians..and of course, this S. Korean rocket is truly just a Russian rocket.

    I wonder what will be the next big frontier once the ISS is deorbited ten years from now? It’s so damn expensive to got to Mars, will anyone put astronauts on the moon again? We’re not going to send men to an asteroid, that’s just freakin’ stupid.


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