South Korea becomes the seventh country to successfully put satellites into orbit

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South Korea successfully launched a locally developed rocket and put satellites into orbit on Tuesday, becoming the seventh country in the world to do so and opening the door for the future development of its space program under the new president.

The launch came after the country’s previous attempt failed in October, when it launched its first local rocket, but a dummy satellite failed to enter orbit as planned after separating from the rocket.

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The 200-ton liquid-fueled rocket Nuri lifted off from Naro Space Center in Goheung, a county on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, at 4 p.m. Tuesday. After reaching the target altitude of 700 kilometers, she released 162.5 kilograms. performance verification satellite and a 1.3-tonne dummy satellite, the science ministry said.

“A path to the universe from our homeland has now opened up,” South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said, pledging his administration’s full support for future space development programs by establishing a new government institution as promised. during his election campaign. He took office in May.

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South Korea is now the seventh country in the world to be able to orbit a satellite weighing 1 tonne or more, joining the United States, Russia, France, China, Japan and India.

South Korean Science Minister Lee Jong-ho said the government plans to improve technical reliability and stability with four more launches by 2027.

Tuesday’s launch had been postponed from last week due to a technical issue.

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