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Technical Glitch Delays South Korean Satellite Launch
2012-10-26 14:39:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online South Korea's space agency planned on launching a satellite from its own soil today, but said it will be delaying the attempt due to a gas leak. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) was forced to postpone the attempt due to a last-minute technical glitch, hindering the company from trying to restore its launch reputation. Kim Seung-jo, KARI's space agency chief, said engineers found a gas leak in the link between the...

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2011-07-17 08:08:22

South Korea's space agency has joined its international counterparts in putting satellite data at the disposal of rescue authorities following major disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, formally became the newest member of the International Charter "ËœSpace and Major Disasters' on 7 July. Founded by ESA and the French space agency, CNES, the Charter is an international...

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2010-06-10 11:00:00

A South Korean rocket exploded on Thursday less than three minutes after lift-off, offering another blow to the country's dreams of becoming a big player in the Asian space race. Science and Technology minister Ahn Byong-Man told reporters the Naro-1 rocket was thout to have blown up 137 seconds after its launch, the same time as ground control lost contact with it. "The Naro appeared to have exploded in flight," Ahn said, adding that Russian and South Korean engineers were trying to...

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2009-08-25 11:58:47

South Korea's first space rocket blasted off Tuesday after a long-delayed launch, but failed to place a satellite into its designated orbit, AFP reported. The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 lifted off from the Naro Space Center at 5:00 pm (0800 GMT). The payload separated from the second-stage booster about eight minutes after lift-off but did not enter its targeted orbit. Science and technology minister Ahn Byong-Man said the South Korean-built 220-pound scientific research satellite that was...

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2009-08-19 10:30:00

Minutes before the scheduled launch time, South Korea postponed the deployment of its first rocket on Wednesday. At 4:52 pm (0752 GMT) "“ just 8 minutes before scheduled liftoff "“ mission managers canceled the launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle, intended to carry a satellite into orbit. Shortly after the canceled launch, mission controllers began dumping fuel at the Naro Space Center. They said they hope to get another launch attempt in coming days. "There was a problem in...

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2009-08-02 06:11:17

South Korea will launch its first space rocket from its territory on August 11, following repeated delays due to technical problems, officials reported on Saturday. The country's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said South Korea set the new launch date after talks with Russia, a co-builder of the rocket. "Both sides have set August 11 for blast-off," said Kim Hong-Gab, a spokesman for the ministry-affiliated Korea Aerospace Research Institute, during an interview with the AFP...

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2009-07-17 14:00:16

The launch of South Korea's first space rocket intended for July 30 is likely to be postponed to add more time for testing, according to a spokesman for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. Spokesman Kim Hong-Gab told AFP on Friday that the launch would be delayed beyond the intended date due to demands from Russian partners for further testing. The announcement marks the third time South Korea has put off the first satellite launch from within its own territory using its own launch...

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2009-07-14 14:48:03

South Korea plans to send its own satellite into orbit before the end of this month, space officials announced on Tuesday. "It will mark the first time that South Korea will launch a satellite from its own territory, using its own launch vehicle," Park Jeong-Joo, director of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, told reporters on Tuesday. Park said the launch vehicle, which was developed for $388 million with Russian officials, would carry the 220-pound satellite into low earth orbit on...

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2009-06-10 12:31:59

South Korea has finished working on its first space center which will allow for the nation's first-ever satellite launch. The 5.11 million square-meter Naro Space Center has been a work in progress since December 2000. The project cost 312 billion won (or $248.6 million) according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The first mission on the new space center's agenda is the launch of a Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), which will place a satellite in orbit on July 30....

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2009-01-14 07:30:00

On Tuesday, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan said it hopes to gain more orders for its H-2A rocket after sealing its first foreign customer deal with South Korea. The company seeks to compete with European Arianespace, and Sea Launch, a division of Boeing. Prior to the deal with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), Mitsubishi Heavy had only secured business within Japanese borders. "With this order as a start, we hope to receive more satellite launch orders," said a Mitsubishi...