News

S. Korea Runs 1st Successful Homegrown Space Rocket Launch
S. Korea Runs 1st Successful Homegrown Space Rocket Launch

S. Korea Runs 1st Successful Homegrown Space Rocket Launch

Seoul, 21 Jun (ONA) --- South Korea today successfully launched its first homegrown space rocket, local officials said, a triumph that boosted the country’s growing space ambitions but also proved it has key technologies to build a space-based surveillance system and bigger missiles.

The three-stage Nuri rocket succeeded in releasing and placing its functioning “performance verification” satellite at a target altitude of 700 kilometers (435 miles) from South Korea’s space launch center on a southern island, the Korean Science Ministry said.

The launch has made South Korea the world’s 10th nation to place a satellite into space with its own technology.

South Korea, the world’s 10th-largest economy, is a main supplier of semiconductors, automobiles and smartphones on world markets.

--- Ends/Khalid