Thursday, November 29, 2012

South Korea delays rocket launch

South Korea cancelled plans to launch a civilian space rocket on Thursday because of a technical problem while speculation mounted that North Korea may defy the international community with another ballistic missile test.

The lift-off of the 33-metre KSLV-I rocket, or Naro, and its 100-kilogram research satellite was halted shortly after 3pm HK time, Cho Yul Rae, vice science minister, said in a televised briefing. He didn’t say when the launch, which will be the country’s third attempt to put a satellite into orbit using a rocket built with domestic and Russian technology, may resume.