The first South Korean rocket for domestic production was launched today, but its mission has succeeded in placing its test cargo in orbit, the country’s president, Mon Jae-In, said.
The first launch of the rocket in its three phases worked well, as did the separation of cargo, but its placement in orbit of objects to play the satellite remains an unfulfilled mission, says the president who attended the launch.
South Korea today launched the country’s first space rocket, which officials describe as an important step in the development of a domestic satellite launch program.
The 47-meter-long Nuri rocket was launched from the Naro launch center on the small island of Goheung on the south coast of South Korea. The goal was to transport a fake satellite (a 1.5 ton block of stainless steel and aluminum) to an orbit, about 600 to 800 kilometers above the earth.
With this, South Korea is trying to join the club of countries with a developed space program.
“Although it did not achieve its goal perfectly, we achieved very good skills with our first launch,” President Moon said.
He added that a new launch effort will be made in May.
He heard the applause earlier at the control center when it looked like the rocket’s flight would develop according to plan.
South Korea has relied on other countries to launch its satellites since the early 1990s, and is now attempting to become the 10th country to launch a satellite into space using its own technology.
Officials say this is important for the country’s plans, which include launching more technologically advanced communications satellites into space and acquiring its own military intelligence satellites. South Korea also hopes to be able to send its spacecraft to the moon by 2030.
Nuri is the first rocket built exclusively with domestic technology. The rocket is powered by five 75-ton engines installed in its first and second parts.
Scientists from the Korean Space Institute are also planning additional tests with the Nuri rocket, before attempting to transmit a real satellite into space.