August 27, 2008

Russian Company Completing Construction of Space Center in S. Korea

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax-AVN) - The construction of a space center in South Korea by the Russian-based Transport Engineering Design Bureau will be completed in the near future, Alexei Gonchar, the bureau's general director, told journalists on Wednesday.

"The assembly complex for preparing space rockets for launch is ready, and a model of a rocket's first stage has been delivered there. The equipment assembly and testing operations are under way at the launch pad," Gonchar said.

Gonchar said he had visited the space center a month before to supervise the construction. "The launch pad has assumed a form when you can say for sure that this is a launch pad," he said.

The first launch from the South Korean space center is planned for the second quarter of 2009.

The launch was originally slated for December 2008 but was later postponed for half a year because of delays in shipments of equipment by South Korean suppliers, he said.

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