Fairing Failure Doomed South Korean Satellite

Faulty shield eyed as cause of failure to orbit a satellite
JoongAng Daily

Officials yesterday morning stopped trying to detect the first space satellite launched from South Korea, tentatively concluding it had been destroyed by falling back into the atmosphere.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said later that it was notified by the Australian Embassy that unidentified remnants possibly from the satellite launch had been found near Darwin, Australia. The institute said it was dispatching researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to investigate.

“We haven’t received any information about the rocket even through the North American Aerospace Defense Command,” said Park Jeong-joo, head of the institute’s Korea Space Launch Vehicle Systems Office, in a press briefing. “It is apparent that the spacecraft fell to Earth so there’s no possibility the satellite will send any sort of signal later.”

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