Angara to Launch in 2013; Third KSLV-1 Flight Set for Next Year

The Angara rocket family. (Credit: Allocer)

Russia’s long-delayed Angara family of rockets will finally take to the skies above the Plesetsk Cosmodrome beginning in 2013, according to Vladimir Nesterov, general director of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Speaking to reporters at Baikonur on Saturday, Nesterov also said that the third flight of South Korea’s KSLV-1 rocket, which uses the Angara first stage, will take place during the second half of next year.

KARI President: Aerospace Crucial to Nation’s Growth

KARI PR — An inaugural ceremony was held for Seung Jo KIM, the 9th president of KARI, at 11 AM on June 21, 2011 (Tue.) at the Grand Auditorium, Main Building, KARI.

The incoming president emphasized in his inaugural address that “the global aerospace industry now holds investments over USD 560 billion and that South Korea can expand its global market share by tapping into its world-class fields such as IT, electronics, shipbuilding, and machinery sectors. “To join the world league of advanced nations with per capita income of USD 30,000 or 40,000, Korea must overcome the aerospace sector, which inevitably requires wholehearted support from the government and the public,” he also highlighted.

He unveiled KARIs mid-long term goals for launching successfully KSLV-I next year, acquiring autonomous space launch capability and technical competence through the development of future convergence and core technology, reinforcement of international cooperation and vibrant communication with people via aerospace technology.

Korean Rocket Explodes Shortly After Launch

Some very bad news for South Korea’s fledgling space program, the Yonhap News Agency reports:

A South Korean rocket carrying a scientific satellite is believed to have exploded on Thursday a little more than two minutes after takeoff, the country’s science minister said.


Crucial South Korean Rocket Launch Set for Wednesday

Korea’s Space Rocket ‘Naro’ Gets Transported to Launch Pad

With just two days left until the second launch attempt of Korea’s satellite-carrying rocket, the KSLV-1, scientists at the Naro Space Center successfully raised the rocket on the launch pad in preparation for its lift-off on Wednesday.


ISRO, KARI to Cooperate on Space

South Korea and India have agreed to deepen their cooperation in a wide range of technological areas, including space:

The KARI-ISRO pact outlines future cooperation in space communication, ways to enhance capabilities of remote control probes and promote growth of space-related sciences.


2010: The Year South Korea Makes Contact


South Korea is looking to make major progress in aerospace next year. In addition to the second launch of its KSLV-1 rocket and several satellites, the nation is looking to forge partnerships with NASA, ESA and other major space agencies. South Korea is also increasing its national R&D budget in an effort to make aerospace into a lucrative export engine.


Korean Rocket Failed Due to Fairing Problem


Naro failure attributed to fairing problems
Korean Herald

An independent panel — tasked with finding the cause of the partial failure of Korea’s first rocket launch — confirmed yesterday that problems in the nose-fairing caused the satellite to veer off course.


NASA Eyes Closer Ties with South Korea

nasa_logoNASA predicts links with Korea space program
JoongAng Daily

Korea has the potential to become an important partner in efforts aimed at advancing exploration and technology for the peaceful use of space, the head of the U.S. aerospace administration said yesterday.


South Korea Aims to Bridge Space Gap Within 10 Years


The Yonhap News Agency reports that South Korea has set an ambitious goal for catching up with the world’s leading space powers:

South Korea aims to bridge the gap in rocket and satellite technology with leading countries in the field of space exploration over the next decade by ramping up research and development and expanding cooperation with foreign agencies, the head of a state aerospace institute said Friday.


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.