S. Korea plans fresh rocket launch in October
South Korea will make a third attempt this October at a rocket launch aimed at placing a satellite into orbit, its science ministry said Thursday.
The decision follows an endorsement by a national space committee, the ministry added.
Russia is building the first-stage main launch booster, while South Korea is in charge of the second-stage rocket.
The country has until now sent satellites into space using launch vehicles from other countries.
In 2009, a rocket reached orbit but faulty release mechanisms prevented proper deployment of a scientific satellite.
An attempt a year later resulted in an explosion due to problems in the rocket's electrical system after it had veered off course.
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