SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea plans to conduct its first launch of a commercial-grade satellite tv for pc aboard a domestically constructed rocket subsequent month as a part of its house improvement program, officers stated Tuesday.
South Korea’s officers say its homegrown Nuri house launch automobile has no navy functions. However some consultants say the event of such rockets would finally assist the nation purchase applied sciences wanted to construct larger missiles and launch reconnaissance satellites amid animosities with rival North Korea.
In June final yr, South Korea carried out its first satellite tv for pc launch utilizing the Nuri rocket. That launch concerned what South Korean officers known as a “efficiency verification” satellite tv for pc primarily designed to look at the capability of the rocket whereas subsequent month’s occasion is supposed to place a commercial-grade satellite tv for pc into orbit for the primary time.
The Science Ministry stated the rocket will blast off from the nation’s house launch heart on a southern island on Might 24. A ministry assertion stated it had set a backup launch date from Might 25-31, in case of doable schedule adjustments because of climate.
The rocket will carry one major satellite tv for pc known as “Subsequent Era Small Satellite tv for pc 2” and 7 different smaller cub-shaped satellites. The primary satellite tv for pc is tasked with verifying imaging radar expertise and observing cosmic radiation in near-Earth orbit, the assertion stated.
Authorities have accomplished the meeting of the rocket’s first and second phases and are conducting closing environmental checks of the eight satellites which are to be positioned on the rocket’s third stage.
Final yr’s launch was the Nuri rocket’s second liftoff. In its first launch in 2021, the rocket’s dummy payload reached the specified altitude however didn’t enter orbit. After subsequent month’s launch, South Korea plans three extra Nuri rocket launches, officers stated.
“The third launch of Nuri is of nice significance as it’s the first try and launch a commercial-grade satellite tv for pc and the primary time a personal firm will collectively manufacture the homegrown Nuri rocket,” Oh Tae-seok, the primary vice science minister, was quoted as saying within the ministry assertion.
South Korea, the world’s tenth largest financial system, is a significant producer of semiconductors, vehicles and smartphones. However its house improvement program lags behind that of its neighbors China, India and Japan. For the reason that early Nineteen Nineties, South Korea has despatched a collection of satellites into house, however all of them concerned international rocket expertise or launch websites.
North Korea positioned Earth remark satellites into orbit in 2012 and 2016, however there is no such thing as a proof that both satellite tv for pc has been functioning. North Korea was slapped with worldwide sanctions due to the 2 launches as a result of the U.N. views them as disguised checks of the North’s banned long-range missile expertise.