SEOUL, Korea (Nov. 5, 2012)—A failure in a rubber seal delayed the launch of South Korea's Naro space rocket on Oct. 26, although it later was rescheduled.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said new parts are being shipped from Russia and the launch would take place as soon as the parts were installed. The aborted launch was the third attempt to get the vehicle into space.
The seal was designed to contain helium gas. Helium is used to pressurize liquid fuel in the first-stage rocket to provide thrust during the liftoff.
The institute called the technical problem that delayed the launch minor.
The rocket is a joint project of South Korea and Russia.