Korean experts made final preparations before launching their first lunar Danuri orbital module

Korean experts made final preparations before launching their first lunar Danuri orbital module

Korea Aerospace Research Institute conducted final preparations in the United States prior to the launch of the first moon orbital module for the South Korean space project, the Danuri, which had previously been postponed to SpaceX for technical reasons.

The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter module, also known as Danuri, is scheduled to go to the Moon from Cape Canaveral on the SpaceX Falcon rocket on Friday morning. The 678-kilogram object was delivered to the American cosmodrome last month. According to KARI and South Korean officials, after refuelling, the Danuri module is placed in the Falcon 9 payload and stored in the missile hangar. The missile will soon be delivered to the launch site and installed vertically.

According to official data, all systems associated with both the Danuri and the missiles are functioning normally, and good weather is predicted on launch day, and the launch was planned for Wednesday, but had to be postponed for two days due to missile maintenance problems.

According to the mission's representative, the problem has been resolved and there is no disagreement with the performer because the launch was promised to take place in the window from 2 to 8 August. This is the first South Korean mission to send the module away from the Earth's orbit. It will carry out a series of measurements over the moon surface, all of which will take about 4.5 months to travel, and the research itself will begin only at the end of December, while Danuri will be able to find landing sites on the moon in the future.

NASA has been very closely involved in the South Korean Moon programme since the signing of the joint venture agreement with KARI in December 2016. NASA has not only shared its own mission experience, but will also provide access to the capabilities of the Deep Space Network antenna network, which is located around the world and designed, among other things, to track spaceships. The agency expects the mission to be successful because it has been prepared for several years.