Media reports say a South Korean rocket that was launched to put a satellite into orbit has veered off course at an altitude of 70 kilometers and crashed.
The mission was thrown into doubt immediately after launching, when authorities lost communications with the craft.
The rocket was launched after a one-day delay due to malfunctioning firefighting equipment near the launchpad at the coastal Naro space center in Goheung, 465 kilometers south of Seoul.
The rocket was loaded with an observation satellite for studying global warming and climate change.
compiled from agency reports