Korean rocket development level 2 starts in August with 732 million USD investment

The 2nd development project for Korean rocket (projectile) will start in August. 2nd level targets developing a 75-ton liquid engine, which is the the main technology for Korean rocket, and thus will be investing 732 million USD until 2018.  Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) plans to finish the 1st level development and evaluate by upcoming July and start the 2nd level development in August.

The project goal is to develop a 75-ton liquid engine and successful launch test according to it. The Korean rocket will have 1st level engine that has four 75-ton liquid engines tied together, 2nd level engine with one 75-ton liquid engine, and 3rd level with 7-ton liquid engine. The 75-ton engine that used in 1st and 2nd level is the most important factor for deciding the success in developing Korean rocket. MSIP will complete the rocket and engine detailed structuring via 75-ton liquid engine developmental testing and ground firing test.

For full article, see ETnews.

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South’s Naro space rocket set to launch on Jan. 30

South Korea will again seek to join the elite global space club next week with a third launch of its Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), the science ministry said yesterday.

The space rocket, also known as Naro, will be launched Wednesday from the country’s Naro Space Center, 480 kilometers (299 miles) south of Seoul, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said in a released statement. The decision came at a meeting of the Launch Preparation Committee.

“After reviewing launch preparations and weather forecasts, the committee has confirmed the third launch of the Naro will be possible on Jan. 30 as of now,” the ministry said.

The launch committee earlier set Jan. 30-Feb. 8 as candidate dates for the scheduled launch. It will be South Korea’s third attempt to send the KSLV-1 into space after its two attempts in 2009 and 2010 ended in failures.

For full article, see Joongang Daily.

Seoul to set definite date for launch of Naro space rocket

South Korea will this week set a more definite date for the liftoff of its Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), the government said Wednesday. The country’s Launch Preparation Committee earlier set Jan. 30-Feb. 8 as possible dates for what will be its third launch of KSLV-1, also known as Naro.

“The committee will be convened at 11 a.m. Thursday and select a launch date within the candidate dates after reviewing technical preparations and weather conditions,” the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said in a statement.

The country’s first two attempts to send the KSLV-1 into space in 2009 and 2010 ended in failures. A successful launch of the space rocket will make the country the world’s 13th nation to send a satellite into space from its own soil. The third launch of the KSLV-1 was originally set to take place on Oct. 26 but was delayed due to a damaged rubber seal in the connector between the rocket and the launch pad.

For full article see Korea Herald.

Committee OKs South Korea’s third space rocket launch

A national space committee endorsed Thursday the country’s third attempt to launch its first space rocket later in the year. Under the launch plan, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro-1, will be launched in October, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said in a press release. 

“With the approval of the launch plan, the ministry and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute can now start preparing for the launch, and the third launch of Naro-1 will take place in October as planned,” it said. 

The country’s first two attempts to put a space rocket and satellite into the Earth’s orbit took place in August 2009 and June 2010, but they both failed to accomplish their goals. In the first launch, the rocket reached orbit, but faulty release mechanisms prevented proper deployment of the small scientific satellite. During the second attempt, the Naro-1 rocket exploded during ascent due to what was later determined as problems in the rocket’s electrical system.

For full article see Yonhap News.