South Korea Sets For Launch for End of July

SKorea to launch first space rocket in July: official

South Korea’s government said Tuesday it had approved plans to launch the country’s first rocket into space in late July.

The National Space Committee gave the green light to the planned launch, tentatively scheduled for July 30 at Naro Space Centre in Goheung, about 475km (297 miles) south of Seoul, a government statement said.

Construction of the rocket is in effect complete and work is to begin soon to connect the first-stage main thruster to the second-stage space vehicle, the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute said.

The thruster was built in Russia, which also helped design the launch pad. South Korean engineers built the rocket’s second stage and the satellite it will carry into orbit.

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