The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSVL-1), also known as Naro, blasts off from the Naro Space Center, located 480 kilometers south of Seoul, Jan. 30, 2013. South Korea successfully launched a space rocket in its third attempt to put a satellite into space on Wednesday. (Xinhua/YONHAP)
SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Wednesday successfully launched its space rocket in its third attempt to put a satellite into space.
The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSVL-1), also known as Naro, blasted off at 4 p.m. local time from the Naro Space Center, located 480 kilometers south of Seoul. The rocket, with a Russian-built first stage and a South Korean-developed second stage, appears to have reached its target altitude and deployed its payload satellite, local media reported.
"The launch of the rocket itself succeeded. Whether the entire mission of deploying the satellite into proper orbit was successful will be determined later in the day," an official from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute was quoted by Yonhap news agency saying.
The launch marked the country's third attempt to put a satellite into space from its own soil. Two previous attempts in 2009 and 2010 failed due to technical problems.
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S. Korea launches space rocket, contact lost
|South Korean two-stage satellite-carrier Naro-1, or the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), lifts off from the Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province, about 485 kilometers south of Seoul, South Korea, June 10, 2010. South Korea launched Naro-1, a locally assembled space rocket Thursday, but contact with the rocket was lost only 137 seconds after the takeoff. (Xinhua/Yonhap)
SEOUL, June 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korea launched a locally assembled space rocket Thursday, but contact with the rocket was lost only 137 seconds after the takeoff.Full story
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S Korea's satellite fails to enter target orbit
SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Tuesday failed to send its satellite, carried by its first space rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), into the target orbit.Full story
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SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- South Korean and Russian officials will meet to determine causes of a failure in sending a satellite, carried by a jointly developed space rocket, into the target orbit in August, according to local media.
The failure review board will meet in Moscow on Oct. 29, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said on Monday.Full story
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