S. Korea readies for delayed rocket launch after two failed attempts
SEOUL(AFP) - South Korea is set to go ahead with a delayed rocket launch as it aims to join the elite club of nations capable of putting a satellite into orbit.
The project has been plagued with problems, with failed attempts in 2009 and 2010, and a successful launch this time is considered crucial to South Korea's commercial space ambitions.
A 140-tonne rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), will deploy a small satellite that will mainly collect data on space radiation.
Mr Kim Yeon-Hak, a deputy director at the Science Ministry, said a replacement for a defective part had finally been shipped from Russia, allowing the launch to go ahead. "Engineers from Russia and South Korea met on Monday and agreed it would be technically appropriate to carry out the launch on November 29," Mr Kim said.