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KSLV-I 2005
KSLV-I 2005
Revised version of KSLV-I, using a derivative of the Russian Angara booster.
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South Korean launch vehicle family. Originally they were to be of completely indigenous design; but in 2005 it was announced that they would use the (in-development, unflown) Russian Angara booster module as the basis. The program, like that of the Angara, was subject to continuous funding shortages and schedule delays. In 2008 the Angara alternate was cancelled after Russia refused to transfer essential technologies and the total cost had increased from US$ 240 million to US$ 350 million. The Korean government went 'back to the drawing board' for a follow-on, but went ahead with the KSLV as a first step. First launch 2009.08.25.

Status: Development.

At the time of cancellation in December 2008 processing facilities had been completed at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, and the first Russian lower stage was to have been supplied in January 2009 for handling tests. A single Russian engine had been imported in June 2008.



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KSLV-I 2002 South Korean orbital launch vehicle. In 2002 South Korea announced it was planning to develop a small satellite launch vehicle by 2005, based on technology flown on the KSR-III test vehicle. By 2005 this was replaced by a completely different design, based on the Russian Angara space booster.

Family: orbital launch vehicle. Country: Korea South. Spacecraft: Arirang. Agency: KARI. Bibliography: 1823.
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South Korean space launch vehicles, including Russian Angara-derived vehicles.
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