Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Naro-1 took off

Last week, on August 19th, Naro-1 remained on its pad as the countdown was stopped 7'56 before ignition.

Today, the 33 m high rocket also known as KSLV-1 (Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1) left Naro Space Center at 5 pm.

Russia provided key technology, know how, and assistance on the way to success, and the first totally indigenous rocket is only planned for 2018, but that's a giant leap nonetheless.

This also puts Naro-do, Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do, on the map. I remember passing by last year, with all the billboards advertising the space capital of Korea in the middle of a remote and green area.

KSLV website :
Goheung-gun website :

UPDATE 20090825

Naro-ho eventually failed to stabilize in the right orbit... more fish to fry for Naro-do sky team...

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