Another rocket launch on the Korean peninsula ended in failure today as South Korea's second attempt to put a satellite into orbit exploded 137 seconds after takeoff. Footage of the launch shows the rocket successfully clearing the launch pad and heading for the upper atmosphere, but a bright flash captured by a camera-mounted rocket was among the last transmissions the rocket sent back to Earth before launch handlers lost contact with the rocket completely.
Cameras on the ground followed a white speck in the sky as it plummeted from an altitude of 44 miles into the sea. The loss of the $400 million rocket and its satellite payload could be a major setback for South Korea's space ambitions, as this is it's second space failure in a row. In August of last year the nation reached orbital altitudes but failed to put the satellite it was carrying into the proper orbit. For a nation racing to get into the commercial space game, its record appears less than reliable at this point.
The 108-foot KSLV-1 rocket was assembled partly in Russia and partly in South Korea, and at first glance appears to have suffered a malfunction during first stage ignition according to South Korea's science minister.
There's no word yet on how this might alter South Korea's long-range rocketry plans, but it's unlikely that the nation will give up on its efforts, at least as long as its not-so-friendly neighbor to the north continues to test long-range ballistic missiles – sorry, we mean scientific space rockets – every so often. North Korea naturally bristles every time South Korea makes another technological stride in rocket science, so no doubt if there's anyone smiling over today's launch failure it's someone in Pyongyang (of course, you'd be smiling too if you'd just invented cold fusion).
Check out RussiaToday's video footage of the launch below, and of the rocket's demise below that.
I think you mean a "rocket-mounted camera" not the opposite :p
Poor South Korea
I feel bad for them .. but I have to say, this is why I wouldn't even buy a Kia from them, let alone want anything to do with a spacecraft of theirs! :P
Too bad, and they are really trying to do this right...better luck next time...
"For two minutes and seventeen seconds
The entire world
Sorry for the bad pun but the 137 seconds long flight just can't be a coincidence!
good catch, I cant believe ABC's canceling that show. It got really good. I wish they'd keep both V and Flashforward.
it would be okay if the camera was the same size or bigger than the rocket lol
You know whats interestingly ironic is that the nations that america wants to have ICBMs (south korea) are the ones that can't seem to figure out how to make one. Yet the dictatorship of north korea is able to make them. I guess guns do motivate people.
@45 I thought NK only got 2 out of 3 stages to light in their tests? Maybe I'm behind, I don't care much for that country, other than their "cold fusion"
There's nothing wrong with a Kia. Anyway, the US has its own history of disasters during the early years of our space program. Not that I find it comforting, but the South Koreans may need to visit the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Flight before they attempt this again. I am sure they will do just fine. Just think how the world viewed us when the Challenger exploded.
Hey the challenger was a human mistake the techs overlooked a crucial detail which in term screwed the crew but it still is a tragic accident
Sorry im tired thats why im rambling
I hate to be a buzz-kill for any "Americans have it all figured it out" types, but we got a jump start on our programs by capturing German rockets at the end of WWII and pressing guys like Werner von Braun into service in exchange for a promise not to prosecute him.
Anyone ever heard of "Operation Paperclip"?
von Braun (a Nazi and commissioned SS Officer) and some of his research team from Peenemünde were brought to the US in secret immediately after the war.
We had former Nazi military Officers working for us for decades. We even gave von Braun the National Medal of Science some time in the 70s, as I recall.
Since von Braun was the chief architect of the Saturn V rocket, it could be said that we wouldn't have gone to the moon when we did had it not been for the Nazis and the SS.
So have your laughs, fellas. As for me, my hat's off to the South Koreans.
With this coming so close on the heels of another devastating explosion, The South Koreans have to wonder if their cold war is heating up in a big way.