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S. Korea's First Locally-Developed Nuri Space Rocket Blasts Off

Written: 2021-10-21 17:48:36Updated: 2021-10-21 17:52:02

S. Korea's First Locally-Developed Nuri Space Rocket Blasts Off

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South Korea's first domestically developed space launch vehicle, Nuri, has blasted off.

The rocket took off from the Naro Space Center located in Goheung, South Jeolla Province at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said Nuri completed all flight procedures at around 5:30 p.m. and the institute is now analyzing data to determine the success of the launch. A briefing will be held once the analysis is complete which is expected to take about 30 more minutes.

The 200-ton Nuri aimed to place a 1.5-ton dummy satellite into orbit, and if successfully launched, South Korea will become the world’s seventh country with independent capabilities to launch a satellite into orbit from its own soil.

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