South Korea launches self-developed rocket Nuri to space

South Korea launches self-developed rocket Nuri to space

South Korea launches self-developed rocket Nuri to space

South Korea has launched its first homegrown rocket Nuri in its bid to join the race for space exploration. The Korean satellite launch vehicle took off from Goheung. It put a 1.5 tonne dummy satellite into orbit.

Nuri’s largest first stage, the core booster stage, was expected to land in waters southwest of Japan after separation, and its second stage was expected to fall in remote Pacific waters east of the Philippines, about 2,800 kilometres (1,740 miles) away from the launch site.

In Asia, China, Japan and India all have advanced space programmes, and the South’s nuclear-armed neighbour North Korea was the most recent entrant to the club of countries with their own satellite launch capability.

South Korea, a relative latecomer to the global space development race, has recently ramped up efforts in its space program, with plans to launch its first lunar orbiter next year.