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Thursday, November 29, 2012

South Korea Stands Down Orbital Rocket Launch; North Korea Readies New Rocket


South Korea Naro-1
South Korea on Thursday, November 29, 2012 scrubbed an attempt to fire its first satellite into orbit from its own soil amid what appears to be a North Korean booster being moved to a launch pad.
 
South Korean engineers halted a launch campaign of the Naro-1 amid concerns with the rocket’s flight control system delaying the attempt again. A problem with the first stage fueling system halted a launch attempt earlier this month. Parts were shipped from Russia to fix the problem only to have another crop-up with the South Korean segment.
 
North Korea Unha-3
Meanwhile, North Korea, following a failed orbital launch attempt in April 2012, is believed to be preparing an Unha rocket orbital launch attempt from the Sohae Satellite Launch Station in Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea in December 2012 or January 2013, according to 38 North.
 
North Korea has yet to provide notification for international flight and shipping of splashdown zones for the used rocket stages, as it did before the April launch. Nor has it filed a plan for a frequency for a signal that would be emitted by a satellite.
 

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