August 21, 2009

S. Korea now to launch rocket Tuesday

South Korea has reset the launch of its first space rocket for Tuesday after canceling the previous launch just 8 minutes before liftoff, authorities said.

The launch will be the eighth try since 2005 to get the rocket into space, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.

The Naro-1's launch has been delayed repeatedly by technical issues and unforeseen developments in the construction of launch facilities, Yonhap said.

Wednesday's liftoff was called off after the automatic launch sequence detected a pressure drop in a helium tank. No mechanical problems were found and engineers think sensor software misinterpreted data, Vice Science and Technology Minister Kim Jung-hyun said.

South Korean engineers, who have teamed with Russia to build the rocket, said if Tuesday doesn't work out, they would try again the next day.