The Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) is scheduled to launch on Aug. 11 at the Naro Space Center. Even though South Korea completed work on its first launch vehicle much earlier, the launch had to be rescheduled five times due to a defect found in the test firing of the stage one rocket.
“We have decided to launch the KSLV-1 on Aug. 11, between 4:40pm and 6:40pm, as Korean and Russian engineers completed hot test firing successfully,” an official from the Education, Science and Technology Ministry said.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute, which is in charge of the development and launch of the KSLV-1, assembled the main booster rocket made in Russia and developed the second stage of the rocket at the Naro Space Center.
All preliminary testing process will take about 9 days, which involves assembling all the final checks from electronic equipment and devices to mechanical parts. The KSLV-1 will be moved to the launch pad of the space center and be erected Aug. 9 between 10am and 2pm. The final rehearsal for the launch will be done Aug. 10, and the final countdown will start 15 minutes ahead of blast-off on Aug. 11 after filling with rocket fuel.
“The launch will be done safely due to all the preliminary safety stages of launch,” an official said. “It will not be delayed this time unless weather conditions deteriorate due to heavy rain and lightning.”