S.Korean Rocket Set to Lift Off Thursday

MOSCOW, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – South Korea’s KSLV-1 carrier rocket will be launched on Thursday, Russia’s Khrunichev Space Center said on Tuesday.

The Khrunichev Center built the first stage for the rocket under a 2004 agreement. The solid-fuel second stage and payload were designed and built in South Korea.

The 140-ton rocket will lift off from South Korea’s Naro Space Centre. It will orbit a small satellite to collect data on space radiation.

The project has been dogged by failures, notably in 2009 when the rocket failed to deliver a 100-kilogram oceanic and atmospheric research satellite into orbit.

In 2010, the carrier exploded two minutes after take-off.


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