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S. Korea Successfully Launches Naro Space Rocket

Editor's Note:  South Korea's STSAT-2C satellite was successfully deployed into a 292 x 1,511 kilometer orbit, according to satellite-tracker Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Launch of South Korean rocket with STSAT-2C satellite. Credit: SpaceVidsNet

NARO SPACE CENTER, South Korea, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea successfully launched its first-ever space rocket Wednesday, the country's science minister said, with the satellite carried by the rocket also believed to have entered its intended orbit.

Whether the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also known as Naro, has successfully deployed its payload satellite will be determined early Thursday (local time), Lee Ju-ho, minister of education, science and technology, told a press conference.

"At 4 p.m. today, the Naro was successfully launched. The satellite was deployed 540 seconds after the launch and an analysis of related data shows the satellite has successfully entered its target orbit," he said.

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