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2009/08/20 13:51 KST
(Rocket Launch) (LEAD) Software glitch halts rocket launch: official

By Lee Joon-seung
NARO SPACE CENTER, South Korea, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- The blastoff of South Korea's first rocket was suspended in the eleventh hour due to a minor glitch in its automatic launch system, a government official said Thursday.

The Russian-built rocket carrying a homemade scientific satellite was scheduled to lift off from the Naro Space Center about 485km south of Seoul at 5 p.m. Wednesday, but the countdown stopped with about eight minutes remaining.

"Engineers found the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) had a problem in the software sensor connected to the automatic launch sequence that checks high-pressure tanks," Vice Science and Technology Minister Kim Jung-hyun said.