South Korea's first homegrown rocket 'Nuri' went 700 kilometers above Earth Thursday evening although the mock payload it was carrying could not reach its intended destination.
"The dummy satellite reached the altitude of 700 kilometers. But, it couldn't target a lower orbit because the speed was less than 7.five kilometers per second. Nuri's first stage separation, fairing separation and second stage separation was done right but the 7-ton engine in the third stage could not combust for 521 seconds. Rather, it ended after 475 seconds."
And this means the engineers have found which parts they need to develop before the next launches.
The country will hold a committee including KARI engineers and outside experts to find out the reason behind the early end in the third stage.
Nuri launched on Thursday at 5 PM after an hour delay at Naro Space Center in Goheung County, southern South Korea.
Four more launches are already scheduled and the next one is in May next year.
The rocket launch is not a one-time event but rather, just one stage in developing the technology.
"So regardless of the result, we have to encourage the engineers and scientists who have worked so hard to develop a space vehicle from scratch.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News, Goheung."