South Korea looks to join the ranks of successful countries with a viable space program on Friday, October 26th by launching an experimental satellite into orbit. This will be the countries third attempt to successfully launch a satellite into orbit. The first attempt in 2009 ended mysteriously when the satellite did not respond after purportedly reaching altitude. The second attempt in 2010 fair no better.
The satellite will be taken to space by the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 rocket (KSLV-1) from the Naro Space Center if the weather permits.
“We have confirmed after considerations of weather conditions and preparations for the launch that the launch will be possible on October 26,” Minister of Education, Science and Technology Lee Ju-ho said. “However, even through preparations will be made for October 26, the launch may be delayed if rainfall becomes imminent or very likely on the scheduled date.”
If everything goes as planned, the satellite will end up in an elliptical orbit around the earth from about 186 miles (300 kilometers) to a distance of 932 miles (1,500 km).
If South Korea’s launch is successfully, they will be the 10th space-faring nation joining:
- Soviet Union (1957)
- United States (1958)
- France (1965)
- Japan (1970)
- China (1970)
- United Kingdom(1971)
- European Space Agency (1979)
- India (1980)
- Iran (2009)
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