Three late-August failures serve as a reminder that more­ hurdles—technological and otherwise—remain to be cleared before Asia’s rising space powers can parlay their outsized political ambitions into global leadership in the space arena. Arguably the most devastating setback was suffered by South Korea, which saw the maiden liftoff of its KSLV-1 launch vehicle—the spearhead of its drive to enter the ranks of spacefaring nations—turn into failure Aug. 25 after a faulty fairing ...


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