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October 22-28, 2012 / Vol 31, No 43 / Hawai`i Island, USA

19 Oct 2012, 20:34 UTC
October 22-28, 2012 / Vol 31, No 43 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Korea to Launch Naro Rocket for 3rd Attempt at Orbit
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has set a launch window of October 26-31 for the 3rd Mission of 140-ton Naro-1 (KSLV-1) rocket, which relies on an indigenous solid-fuel second stage and a Russian-supplied Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center-built first stage. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced that the launch would take place at the Naro Space Center in Goheung 480 km south of Seoul, likely between 15:30 and 19:00 KST, as up to 8 hours are required to ready the rocket on launch day. KARI President Seung-Jo Kim leads about 1,000 people working directly on the Republic of Korea space program with a 2011 budget of US$240M. While the current Naro rocket has a payload capacity of only 100 kg, Kim indicated that the KSLV-2 being developed for launch in 2021 will be able to take 1.5-ton satellites to Low Earth Orbit. Not interested in launching just commercial satellites the Institute also has scientific space exploration objectives, including launching a probe to lunar orbit by 2023. (Image Credit: KARI)
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