South Korea to Launch First Rocket on August 19

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Naro space rocket to be launched next Wednesday

The Korean Herald


The country’s first space rocket, Naro, or the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, will be launched Wednesday next week, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said yesterday.

“Following the successful combustion test, the conclusion was reached after close consultation between Korean and Russian engineers that the rocket can be safely launched,” Lee Sang-mok, a senior ministry official, told reporters.

He added that depending on weather conditions and other unexpected issues, the launch could be postponed up to Aug. 26.

Citing a technical issue regarding the combustion test on the Russian-made first-stage rocket of the two-stage Naro, the liftoff date has been delayed twice in the last two weeks.

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