South Korea launched its first satellite Aug 25th

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matthewota

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Re: Korea to launch its first rocket August 19

You should have titled it SOUTH Korea to launch its first rocket August 19. There are two separate and very different Koreas, you know.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Re: Korea to launch its first rocket August 19

That's an important enough point that I have adjusted the title to reflect the precise country.

Meteor Wayne
 
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mithridates

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Launch is still going ahead today at 5 pm in Korea, and fuel insertion will begin at 3 pm. Launch time would be 4 am in New York, 9 am in London. Looks like most people on this site (besides Australia etc.) will be asleep when it happens.

I'm also following the launch and the reaction afterwards on Page F30, where I might translate some content from Korean after the launch and see how the country reacts as a whole to the launch if it turns out to be successful. Korea until now hasn't been all that interested in space, no wonder since it wasn't even until recently that they had even been able to send anyone from Korea there.

Another site to keep an eye on is this one run by a friend of mine here (originally from Pittsburgh), because he lives very near the launch site (a city called Suncheon) and has also been keeping an eye on the launch preparations. I think we should pester him to go visit there directly to take some photographs and talk to people at the space centre in Goheung. It would take me most of the day just to get down there from Seoul where I am.
 
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mithridates

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A press conference was given this morning where it turns out that the official reason for the shutdown was an error in the software used to monitor the pressure of the high-pressure tank in the automatic sequence.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Re: South Korea to launch its first rocket August 19

Any announcement of a rescheduled time and date?
 
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mithridates

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MeteorWayne":1qubf7md said:
Any announcement of a rescheduled time and date?
Checking...

there it is. They're tentatively going to try to get it launched by the 26th, and will be announcing the exact planned launch date at a conference tomorrow. On the news last night the Russian team seemed pretty confident that it was a minor matter while the Koreans were (naturally) much more stressed out.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Yeah, the first launch is stressful :)
 
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webtaz99

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"South Korea to launch its first rocket August 19".


Or not.
 
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MeteorWayne

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According to Spaceflightnow:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html

The launch has been rescheduled for a few hours after the STS 128 launch.

Launch time: Approx. 0740-0920 GMT (3:40-5:20 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Naro Space Center, South Korea
 
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mithridates

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Three hours left and no problems so far. I'm liveblogging this one as well as soon as I get back from feeding my cats at the temple (probably about at hour before launch).
 
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mithridates

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Well, the launch was a success and they made it look easy. I liveblogged the launch here. We still have to wait 13 hours for communication with the satellite though so it won't be until then that the launch is a complete success, but so far it went off without a hitch except for maybe an orbit that was a tad high.
 
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mithridates

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Uh oh, looks like the "tad high" orbit actually means a 342 km orbit instead of the planned 306 km altitude. Everybody on the news on TV now is sad now about the satellite.
 
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freya

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Although it may compromise mission objectives, better than an orbit a "tad low" ;) Well done. Thanks for the updates mithridates.
 
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