According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the Korea’s Naro-1 satellite launcher blew up 137 seconds after lifting off from the Naro Space Center June 10, marking the second failure in as many tries for the vehicle, whose first stage was built by Russia.
“Minister of Education, Science and Technology Ahn Byong-man told reporters that the Naro-1 space rocket appears to have blown up 137 seconds after it lifted off from a space center on the country’s south coast.”
The failure last August was attributed to the Naro 1’s fairing, which along with the vehicle’s second stage was built by South Korea. Russia’s Khrunichev Space Center, builder of the liquid-fueled first stage, publicly exonerated its hardware after that incident. At last check the morning of June 10, Khrunichev had yet to issue a statement on the latest failure.
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