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S. Korea's rocket launch likely to take place Nov. 29

English.news.cn   2012-11-19 16:38:40            

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's third attempt to launch a space rocket is expected to take place on Nov. 29 after it has been postponed due to a last-minute technical glitch, the government said Monday.

After holding a meeting earlier in the day, South Korean and Russian researchers agreed that Nov. 29 is " technically suitable" for the third launch attempt of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro-1, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said in a statement.

The ministry added that the Launch Preparation Committee will be convened on Thursday to determine the definitive launch date.

South Korea's earlier launch attempt on Oct. 26 was aborted when a gas leak in the link between the two-stage rocket and the launch pad was detected just hours before the planned lift-off. South Korea failed in its two previous attempts in August 2009 and June 2010 to send a satellite into space on a rocket built partially using domestic technology. The rocket's first stage was built by Russia while the second was manufactured by South Korea.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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