South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has chosen June 9 as the date for the next launch of the country’s KSLV-1 (or Naro-1) rocket according to the Yonhap News Service. The first launch attempt failed last year when the second stage fairing did not separate properly. The rocket’s first stage is built by Russia; the second stage by South Korea. The June 9 launch from the Naro Space Center, about 500 kilometers south of Seoul, is designed to place a scientific satellite into orbit. The launch window runs through June 19.
NASA has waved off the shuttle landing for the first opportunity this morning because of poor weather conditions, but is still hoping that it can land during the second opportunity at 10:23 am EDT. The deorbit burn would take place at 9:17 am if the weather looks like it will cooperate. If not, there are two landing opportunities at Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, and three at Edwards Air Force Base.
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Space Shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday and is preparing for landing at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) tomorrow, Monday, at 8:48 am EDT. The seven member crew of STS-131 delivered seven tons of equipment and supplies to the ISS during the 10 days it was docked there. The weather forecast for KSC tomorrow morning is iffy, however. There are two landing opportunities at KSC in the morning, and two more Tuesday morning. The shuttle also could be diverted to Edwards Air Force Base, CA if necessary, with three landing opportunities there on Tuesday.
National Public Radio (NPR) devoted its Science Friday show to reaction to the President’s speech about NASA’s future. The guests were Elon Musk of SpaceX, Bill Adkins of Adkins Strategies, and Howard McCurdy of American University (currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington). A tape of the program is available at Science Friday’s website.
A roundup of industry’s reaction to President Obama’s space policy speech