SEOUL, Oct 21 (EFE) .- South Korea successfully launched its first 100% nationally manufactured space rocket today, making the Asian country the tenth in the world with the capacity to develop and launch its own space vehicles and will allow it advance your satellite program.
The Nuri rocket was launched from the Naro Space Center, located in Goheung County (about 340 kilometers south of Seoul), at 5:00 p.m. local time (8:00 GMT).
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) confirmed that Nuri, a three-phase rocket with a length of 47.2 meters and 200 tons of weight, successfully deployed, in low Earth orbit, a simulated 1.5-ton satellite. when reaching 700 kilometers of height, about 16 minutes after its takeoff.
Some 30 South Korean companies have participated in the development of Nuri, which has cost 1.9 trillion won (more than 16,155 million dollars) and is assembling a “cluster” of four 75-ton engines in its first phase, one of 75 tons in the second and one of 7 tons in the third.
It is the first rocket designed and manufactured entirely in South Korea, which successfully launched a space rocket for the first time in 2013, when it launched the Naro-1, a three-phase rocket whose first stage was of Russian manufacture.
The successful launch makes South Korea one of the 10 countries in the world capable of developing, manufacturing and launching its own space vehicles, and also one of the seven capable of putting satellites of more than one ton into orbit alongside Russia. USA, France, Japan, China and India.
South Korean authorities plan to launch another launch in May and launch at least three more by 2027 with a view to marketing it to other countries in the future as well.
In turn, South Korea successfully conducted its first combustion test for a solid-fuel rocket engine last July.
This has been possible after this year the restrictions that Washington imposed on Seoul in the development of missiles and rockets were eliminated this year to avoid an arms escalation in the peninsula.