South Korea has launched its first homegrown space rocket Nuri in the country’s first foray into space, according to ANU cosmologist and astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker.
“South Korea, they’re known for obviously being a technological powerhouse, they haven’t been as big in space – and when we say space, really launching and putting things up,” he told Sky News Australia.
Dr Tucker said some of South Korea’s neighbours had already had their own launches but South Korea had been able to attempt it.
“They’ve had a few attempts at rocket launches before but those rockets didn’t reach space,” he said.
“Nuri, as you said, did reach orbit so it did reach its height that it was aiming for.”
Dr Tucker said the launch did not “perfectly go to plan” as South Korea wanted to test putting a satellite into orbit in a particular place but it did not end up where intended.
“They made a big step in that right direction, really trying to show that they can do it as a homegrown industry, essentially, not just relying on their satellites going on another country but doing it themselves,” he said.