Committee to be launched to investigate Nuri's nearly successful launch
Updated: 2021-10-25 17:08:10 KST
A committee will start an official investigation behind Nuri's shortfalls after it failed to put its dummy satellite into orbit.
South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT will launch the committee to comb through relevant data as early as Monday.
It will be composed of around 10 officials from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and outside experts.
In the meantime, the engineers in charge of Nuri have already started their investigations.
"We can't make assumptions. We don't approach it thinking something specific was the problem. It may take more than a month to have an accurate and definitive answer. If it's a simple issue, it could come to us earlier."
As of now, released information says that the dummy satellite couldn't reach the targeted speed of 7.5 km per second for it to orbit as the 3rd stage engine couldn't run for its targeted duration by 46 seconds.
The next launch of Nuri is scheduled for May 2022.
"I can't say for sure as we didn't finish the analysis, but judging from the quick-look messaging data, it doesn't seem like it will affect the launch in May. But we still have to look into the telemetry data to see how complicated the situation is."
For this next launch, the rocket will carry an actual zero.2 ton satellite that will be used for analysis of the launch as well as a 1.3 ton dummy satellite.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.