South Korea Prepares To Launch Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) Rocket

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 / KSLV-1
South Korea to prepare the launch of its first rocket to space. Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 / KSLV-1, the identity of the rocket, scheduled to be done to day at around 14:20 and 16:20 Western Indonesia Time.

As reported by BBC, two rocket developed on the Russian assistance will be launched at the Naro Space Complex, located 475 kilometers to the south of Seoul, Wednesday (19 / 8). Rocket named Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) plans to place a 100 kg satellite in orbit. KSLV-1 are designed to place satellite for earth observation in the final orbit.

The events will be observed by North Korea (Korut), that has gained international attention because has its own rocket launch programs. Earlier this year, North Korea announced that it had successfully orbited a satellite; but the claim was dismissed by the US, Japan and South Korea who called the April flight a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.
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KSLV-1 Rocket has a length of 33 meters and weight of approximately 140 tons. The first Russian liquid-fuelled first-stage rocket has a thrust of 1700 kilonewton, while the second rocket, which is made in South Korea is estimated to have a thrust of 80 kilonewton.

South Korea plans to develop the space program to rival other Asian countries such as China, Japan, and India. During this time, as many as 10 domestic-made rocket was launched.

April last year, South Korea has sent its first astronaut, Yi So-Yeon into space with the Russian-made rocket, Soyuz. Yi spent eleven days on the International Space Station (ISS), and successfully brought some experiment things for the government and industry.
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