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Korea's FIRST LOCALLY-DEVELOPED space vehicle NURI is poised to take off at around 4 p.m. local time.
It's a THREE-STAGE LIQUID FUEL ROCKET carrying a MOCK PAYLOAD WEIGHING 1.5 TONS.
ITS GOAL is to enter LOW ORBIT some 600 to 800 kilometers above Earth.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute along with 300 private companies have been working on Nuri for over a decade.
Together they assembled the 3-hundred-70-thousand parts of the rocket.
While the global success rate for FIRST LAUNCHES is 30-percent IF SUCCESSFUL the event will make South Korea the 7th country to have a rocket capable of carrying a 1.5 ton satellite into orbit.