South Korea delays launch of space rocket again

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : November 30, 2012, 16:26 | Updated : November 30, 2012, 16:26
South Korea called off its third attempt to put a satellite in orbit on Nov. 29.

The launch of the Naro-1 rocket was suspended minutes before takeoff at a launch site in the Naro Space Center on the south coast.

Cho Yul-rae, vice minister for science and technology, told reporters that the launch was suspended as abnormal electronic signals were found in part of the rocket’s mechanism.

Later, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Lee Ju-ho said it will take time to determine how long it will take to fix the problem.

Lee said the ministry will announce future plans after thoroughly investigating the problem.

The countdown was halted with 16 minutes and 52 seconds left before the scheduled launch at 4 p.m.

On Oct. 26, the rocket's launch was also suspended after a damaged seal was found in the connector between Naro’s Russian-built first-stage rocket and the launch pad.
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