S. Korea To Try Again [Yonhap]
According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the Korean Aerospace Research Institute will make a second launch attempt of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle June 9. The rocket features a Russian-built first stage with a liquid-fueled engine and a Korean-built second stage and payload fairing. The first launch of the vehicle failed last August due to a problem with the vehicle fairing. According to Yonhap, the launch is a big step toward fulfilling much loftier ambitions in space:
“The successful launch of a satellite-carrying rocket this week would signify a coming of age for South Korea’s budding space exploration history, which the government says will include building a lunar orbital probe within the next 15 years.”
Update: Yonhaplater reported that the rocket was set up at its launch pad June 7 after a delay due to an electrical glitch that apparently was resolved.