South Korea took a step closer to launching a space vehicle designed solely with home-grown technology on Wednesday, with the successful test launch of a rocket engine.
The next task is to develop what's called a "clustering technology" that groups the four 75-ton engines that constitute the three-stage Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2, dubbed Nuri.
Researchers must conduct tests to enable the four engines to work as one, and they also need to carry out further research on assembling the three stages of the rocket.
"We've been running tests on engines for stages 2 and 3. We now have the difficult, but important task of assembling and testing the rocket."
If everything proceeds as planned, Nuri will be launched in October 2021, which will enable South Korea realize its space sovereignty ambitions.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.