South Korea launches domestically-developed space rocket

SpaceDaily.com reports: “South Korea launched its first domestically-developed space rocket on Tuesday, the government said, the country’s second attempt after a launch last October failed.

The Korea Satellite Launch Vehicle II, a 200-tonne liquid fuel rocket informally called Nuri, lifted off from the launch site in Goheung at 4:00pm (0700 GMT).

‘Nuri has completed its flight according to plan. Engineers are now analysing its flight data, which will take around 30 minutes to complete,’ said Oh Tae-seok, Seoul’s deputy minister of science, technology and innovation.

South Korea’s second test launch of its homegrown space rocket comes eight months after the first test failed to put a dummy satellite into orbit, a setback for the country’s attempt to join the ranks of advanced space-faring nations…”

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