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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...

2009-08-21 14:11:02

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...

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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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2009-07-14 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....

2008-09-30 21:00:12

MOSCOW. Sept 30 (Interfax-AVN) - South Korea has yet to decide on the date of the launching its second astronaut to space with Russia's assistance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told journalists on Tuesday. "We will continue to contact with Russia on the launch of our second astronaut into space," Lee said, noting that it has yet to be decided when an astronaut will be launched. "We are not discussing this issue today," head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Anatoly...