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Chronology of events leading to launch of S. Korea's ocean weather satellite

All Headlines 07:30 June 27, 2010

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronology of major events related to South Korea's development and launch of its first geostationary ocean weather satellite.

September 2003 - South Korea starts development project for its first geostationary communication, ocean and meteorological satellite (COMS).

April 2005- A foreign development partner for COMS is selected.

June 2005 - System requirements for satellite are examined.

August 2005 - A satellite system design meeting is held.

January 2006 - A preliminary design review meeting for satellite is convened.

October 2006 - A test on satellite structural model is carried out.

April 2007 - A detailed design review is conducted on COMS.

July 2007 - A satellite assembly review meeting held.

August 2007 - The assembly of ocean weather satellite starts.

January 2009 - Tests on satellite flight model are carried out to see if internal systems work properly.

January 2010 - Preparations are made to move the COMS (Chollian) satellite to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

June 22, 2010 - The satellite is moved to launch pad on top of Ariane-5ECA rocket.

June 24, 2010 - A satellite blastoff is halted due to mechanical problems in first and second stage rockets.

June 25, 2010 - The satellite launch sequence is stopped twice with Ariane rocket and satellite placed on "stand-by mode" as engineers check mechanical glitch.

June 27, 2010 - The Chollian rocket blasts off from Guiana Space Center.


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