Wednesday, October 24, 2012

South Korea Hopes for Naro Rocket Launch Success

South Korea aims to join the ranks of spacefaring nations this Friday by blasting a small experimental satellite to orbit. Despite its high economic status, Korea lags far behind other economies such as the US, Russia and japan in space technology investment. Korea hopes to conduct its first successful space rocket launch this week after two failed attempts in August 2009 and June 2010. The launch is drawing special attention as to whether the launch itself will be successful this time, though experts refused to call the first two launches failure or even half-successful. The successful launch of the KSLV-1 and successful deployment of the satellite this time will mean a tremendous success, as it will mark the beginning of a new era of space for South Korea, also making it part of an exclusive space club of only a dozen countries that have successfully sent locally manufactured rockets and satellites into space. I have seen the second launch fail. I hope the upcoming launch becomes a success.

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