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.

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KARI upbeat about rocket project

The chief of Korea’s aerospace agency expressed optimism ahead of the launch of the nation’s first space vehicle slated for October. “Everything is under control and I’m sure we’ll have a successful launch in October,” Kim Seung-jo, president of Korea Aerospace Research Institute, said in an interview with The Korea Herald.

Korea failed in its previous two attempts to launch its own rocket in 2009 and 2010. KARI has learned crucial lessons from the experiences. The KSLV-1, known as Naro-1, is a two-stage rocket built in cooperation with Russia. Russia’s Khrunichev Space Research designed and manufactured the lower part and KARI developed the upper part.

For full article see Korea Herald.

Review begins for third space rocket launch

A panel of experts will start reviewing launch plans for the country’s first space rocket this week, which could help set a specific blastoff date, the government said Thursday.

A review committee will hold its first meeting Friday after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology filed its request for a launch late last month.

The ministry said earlier that the launch, which will be the third of its kind, will likely take place before October. The first two launches of South Korea’s first locally assembled space rocket took place in August 2009 and June 2010. Both, however, failed to place their scientific satellite payload into the Earth’s orbit due to problems in the rocket’s electrical systems.

For full article see Korea Times.