South Korea’s Third Space Launch a Success
South Korea made its third attempt to send a satellite into space yesterday with a locally assembled space rocket – and blasted off into huge success.
Here’s a brief overview of the past two launches of KSLV-1 (also known as Naro-1):
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First Launch: Aug. 25, 2009 – “The Learning Experience”
- This attempt was only a limited success. While the rocket perfectly reached its target in orbit, the fairing that covered the rocket’s satellite payload malfunctioned, making it impossible to deploy the satellite.
Second Launch: June 10. 2010 – “The Disappointment”
- The rocket exploded only 137.19 seconds after liftoff. The cause of the explosion was left unknown after several rounds of joint investigation by South Korean and Russian experts.
Third launch: January 30, 2013 – “Korea’s Satellite”
- The rocket took off at 4 p.m. (KST) and soared toward the clear sky. It has been confirmed that the rocket launch was a success and that now the satellite is placed into orbit.
The successful launch of the KSLV-1 and successful deployment of the satellite this third time marks the beginning of a new era of space for South Korea, and puts the country in a small club of only a dozen that claim to have successfully sent a locally manufactured satellite into space using their own rocket technology.
Prior to today, only three Asian countries – Japan, China and India – had successfully launched a satellite into orbit. Now South Korea is the newest member of this exclusive space club.
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