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South Korea's 'Nuri' rocket set to launch later in the afternoon Updated: 2021-10-21 09:56:50 KST

We start with the Nuri rocket launch this afternoon, the countdown has begun for the historic moment in Korea's space industry.
The country is set to launch its first domestically developed space rocket.
For more, we have our Jang Tae-hyun at the launch site to tell us more about the current situation.
Tae-hyun, how's the situation there?

Good to see you. I'm here at Naro Space Center in Goheung County, Jeollanam-do Province, in the southern part of South Korea.
It was a long trip travelling five hours from Seoul, but still, there is a large media presence here to cover this huge event.
The reason I'm here is to witness the country's first locally developed space rocket 'Nuri', which is scheduled to launch on Thursday at 4 PM although we won't know the exact time until 90 minutes before the launch.
Preparations including checks on the umbilical connection and the rocket inspection have been done.
However news has just come in now that the launch could be delayed due to weather and technical conditions with the possibility of a new launch time between October 22nd and 28th.

Then Tae-hyun, when the launch does happen, how likely is it that things will go as hoped, and when will we know if it's been a success?

16 minutes after launch.
That's when the dummy satellite will go into orbit.
And, we'll know for sure after half an hour when the control room is able to check the data.
The success rate is about 30 percent, but the launch is not a one-time thing.
This is a process of development which means multiple rocket launched are needed to check and fix any flaws.
Four more launches are already scheduled and the next one will be in May next year.
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute, along with 300 private companies, has been working on Nuri for 11 years.
So regardless of the result, we have to give encouragement to the engineers and scientists that have worked so hard to develop a homegrown space vehicle from scratch.

I see. So, for some of us who would want to witness the launch, where will we be able to see the launch?

Actually, people are not allowed to go near the rocket.
So a three kilometer area surrounding the rocket has restricted entry for safety reasons.
But, if you'd really like to witness the historic moment, you can visit Goheung or the nearby city of Yeosu, to see the launch.
The launch will of course be shown live on television, including coverage on Arirang TV as well as on KARI and the Science Ministry's YouTube and Naver TV channels.
That's all I have for now and I'll be back for Arirang's live Nuri coverage in a later newscast.

Thank you Tae-hyun, will look forward to it.
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