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    S.Korean rocket to make first launch in 2008 - Perminov

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    MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) - The first launch of a South Korean rocket from the Naro space center, 450 km south of Seoul, built with Russia's participation is set to go ahead in 2008, the Russian Space Agency said Tuesday.

    "The first launch of the South Korean Launch Vehicle [KSLV] from the Naro space center is scheduled for 2008," reads a report on a recent visit to South Korea by Anatoly Perminov, Russian space agency chief.

    Russian and South Korean space companies are also developing a Korean launch vehicle.

    In addition, the two countries are also involved in manned space flight cooperation. A contract was signed in December 2006 for a Korean astronaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) next spring.

    South Korea has held a national competition to select the first Korean astronaut. Several possible candidates are currently training at the Gagarin center in Russia under a separate contract.

    Perminov, who visited Seoul Friday, held a number of meetings with space industry officials. At a meeting with South Korean Science and Technology Minister Kim Woo-sik the parties reiterated their commitment to developing bilateral space cooperation.

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