South Korea's space program:
- The rocket planned for launch is called the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, or Naro-1.
- Two-stage rocket is 33 meters (108 ft) long, 2.9 meters in diameter, weighs 140 tonnes and can generate 170 tonnes of
thrust. It was built at a cost of 502.5 billion won ($400 million), according to the South's Yonhap news agency.
- Russia's Khrunichev space production center built the main thrusters for the first stage and provided technical assistance.
- South Korea has produced several satellites and relied on help from countries such as Russia to launch them.
- It plans to launch a 100 kg satellite on Naro-1 that will monitor Earth's radiant energy.
- It reached a deal with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries earlier this year to launch an Earth-imaging satellite.
- It plans to be able to eventually build satellites and launch other countries' satellites on its rockets.
SPACE PROGRAMME PLANS:
- Aims to build a rocket completely on its own by 2018.
- Build a probe that can orbit Moon by 2025.
Ref: #www.reuters.com - update: 13.11.12