Faulty shield eyed as cause of failure to orbit a satellite
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.
â€œWe havenâ€™t received any information about the rocket even through the North American Aerospace Defense Command,â€ said Park Jeong-joo, head of the instituteâ€™s Korea Space Launch Vehicle Systems Office, in a press briefing. â€œIt is apparent that the spacecraft fell to Earth so thereâ€™s no possibility the satellite will send any sort of signal later.â€
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