Naro Space Center

Summary

Naro Space Center

Korean: 나로우주센터
KSLV-1 Naro Replica.jpg
KSLV-I stands vertical on the Naro Space Center LC-1.
Summary
Airport typeSpaceport
OwnerGovernment of South Korea
OperatorKARI
LocationOuter Naro Island, Goheung, South Jeolla, South Korea
OpenedJune 11, 2009 (2009-06-11)
Time zoneKorea Standard Time (+09:00)
Coordinates34°25′55″N 127°32′06″E / 34.43194°N 127.53500°E / 34.43194; 127.53500Coordinates: 34°25′55″N 127°32′06″E / 34.43194°N 127.53500°E / 34.43194; 127.53500
Websitewww.kari.re.kr/narospacecenter
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Naro Space Center is located in South Korea
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Naro Space Center is located in Asia
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Naro Space Center is located in Earth
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Hangul
나로우주센터
Hanja
羅老宇宙센터
Revised RomanizationNaro Uju Senteo
McCune–ReischauerNaro Uju Sentŏ

Naro Space Center is a South Korean spaceport in South Jeolla's Goheung County, operated by the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

The spaceport is located about 485 km (300 mi) south of Seoul.[1] It includes two launch pads, a control tower, rocket assembly and test facilities, facilities for satellite control testing and assembly, a media center, an electric power station, a space experience hall and a landing field.[2][3] It supported 4 launches, and will also support the KSLV-II launch in 2021, and SSLV launches in 2025.

History

Naro-1

The first launch, initially planned for August 19, 2009, was performed on August 25, 2009 using a Russo-South Korean Naro-1 rocket, but failed to reach the desired orbit. Another rocket launch from Naro was planned for May 2010, but delays pushed the launch to June. On June 10, 2010, this second attempt also ended in failure when the rocket lost communications 137 seconds after launch. The South Korean science minister Ahn Byung-man later told reporters that the rocket was believed to have exploded.

A third attempt was made on January 30, 2013 and finally succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit.

KSLV-II TLV

The TLV (Test Launch Vehicle) was the second vehicle to use the Naro Space Center. It was launched on a suborbital mission on November 28, 2018, having a mission objective of qualifying the KRE-075 engine which will power the KSLV-II. The launch was a success. The single-stage TLV rocket reached an altitude of 209 kilometers before splashing down into sea; the flight was 10 minutes long.

Facilities

LC-1 (LB-1)

LC-1, also called as LB-1 for the pad itself, is the first pad constructed in the Naro Space Center. It supported 3 Naro-1 launches and the KSLV-II TLV launch. It will also support the SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle) launch from 2025.

LC-2 (LB-2)

LC-2, also called as LB-2 for the pad itself, is the second pad in the Naro Space Center. It will support the KSLV-II launch from 2021. Different from LC-1, which doesn't have an umbilical tower, LC-2 has a tower to support the KSLV-II. The site is now on construction.

See also

References

  1. ^ Software glitch halts rocket launch - Yonhap News Agency
  2. ^ South Korea Begins Construction Of New Space Center – Korean Information Service, SpaceDaily, August 12, 2003
  3. ^ "Korea to enter space race in 2008", http://www.korea.net/News/News/NewsView.asp?serial_no=20080102014&part=107%7C, Ro Ji-woong Korea.net Staff Writer, 03 January, 2008, accessed October 28, 2008

External links

  • Official Website (English)
  • Naro Space Center information page on www.kari.re.kr (Korean)
  • Public relations website by Goheung County
  • Korea's space program to blast off as space center nears completion