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S.Korea’s KSLV-1 Carrier Rocket Set for Afternoon Launch

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South Korea’s KSLV-1 carrier rocket with Russian-made first stage will be launched on Thursday between 11:00 and 13:55 Moscow time (7:00-9:55 GMT), a spokesman for the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.

MOSCOW, November 29 (RIA Novosti) - South Korea’s KSLV-1 carrier rocket with Russian-made first stage will be launched on Thursday between 11:00 and 13:55 Moscow time (7:00-9:55 GMT), a spokesman for the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.

The 140-ton rocket will blast off from South Korea's Naro Space Centre. It will orbit a small satellite, Science and Technology Satellite 2C (STSAT 2C), to collect data on space radiation.

The STSAT 2C is scheduled to separate from the carrier rocket nine minutes after the lift-off.

Russia’s Khrunichev Space 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 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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