December 08, 2021

Far out: Seoul joins space race with test-launch of homegrown rocket

Launch vehicle reached 700 km but failed to put satellite into orbit, amid flurry of recent missile tests by two Koreas

South Korea test-launched its first domestically produced space launch vehicle on Thursday, paving the way for further development of the country’s space industry but falling short of putting a satellite into orbit.

The 200-ton liquid-fueled Nuri rocket launched from the Naro Space Center on the southern coast at 5 p.m. KST. The indigenous design aims to put satellites into low orbit (600-800 km) around Earth, according to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.