Russia's New Rocket Fails Again


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Dec 17, 2009
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Launched in South Korea KSLV-1 rocket exploded in the air

Specialists of the National Space Centre in South Korea reported that launched today, the launch vehicle KSLV-1 is likely it exploded in the air. Reports RBC with reference to the Associated Press.

It is reported that the rocket KSLV-1, the first step is to design and manufacture the Russian State Research and Production Space Center Khrunichev, successfully won a supersonic speed 50 seconds after launch, but at 138 seconds of flight at an altitude of about 70 km, connection with the rocket was lost.

The head of the Korea Institute for aerospace studies (KARI) Lee Joo-jin said at a briefing that all systems functioned normally before communication with the device was lost, the specialists of the Institute are trying to restore communication. It is not clear whether there has been a regular office accelerating stage and the scientific satellite on board a launch vehicle. The satellite should be launched into a low elliptical orbit at an altitude of 300 km.

On the eve of the launch of rockets was postponed due to identified in preparation for the launch failure of ground sprinkler system.

Recall that in the framework of bilateral intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in exploring and using outer space for peaceful purposes, Russia and South Korea have agreed to jointly develop and establish the South Korean Space Rocket Complex (CRC) with a two-stage launch vehicle light class KSLV-1. On the south side client of the project is the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). On the Russian side of a project undertaken GKNPTs Khrunichev, responsible for developing the complex as a whole, NPO Energomash - a developer and manufacturer of first-stage engine, and Design Bureau of Transport Machine Building, which is responsible for the drafting of ground complex.

The first launch of KSLV-1 (The First Korean Space Launch Vehicle) was implemented 25 August 2009 The stage is worked out in normal mode. However, failed to reset the fairing of the second stage, which is why he stayed on the rocket, and its power is not enough for the satellite to the intended orbit.

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