South Korea Launches First Homegrown Space Rocket

South Korea launched its first homegrown space rocket Nuri on Tuesday, making the country the seventh in the world to develop a space launch vehicle carrying more than one-ton satellite.

Nuri, officially named Korea Space Launch Vehicle-II, took off at 4 p.m. in the southern coastal village of Goheung. South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT said Nuri completed its flight sequence.

Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) announced that the space rocket reached its target orbit at an altitude of 700 kilometers, and “the performance verification satellite was accurately separated and placed in the orbit.”

KARI engineers mounted a 1.3-ton dummy satellite in Nuri, including a 162.5-kilogram performance verification satellite and four cube satellites.

Tuesday’s launch was South Korea’s second attempt after failing to deploy a dummy satellite during its first space rocket launch in October.

The first Nuri rocket took off in October, but its third-stage engine burned faster than expected.

KARI said it would not be complacent amid the success of the second Nuri space rocket launch. KARI added that it would “strive toward the space power” of South Korea.


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