From spy satellites to mobile networks, South Korea hopes new rocket gets space programme off ground

October 15, 2021

The Straits Times:

South Korea plans to test its first domestically produced space launch vehicle next week, a major step towards jump-starting the country’s space programme and achieving ambitious goals in 6G networks, spy satellites and even lunar probes.

If all goes well, the three-stage Nuri (Korean for “world”) rocket, designed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (Kari) to eventually put 1.5 tonne payloads into orbit 600km to 800km above the earth, will carry a dummy satellite into space on Thursday (Oct 14).

South Korea’s last such booster, launched in 2013 after multiple delays and several failed tests, was jointly developed with Russia…

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