South Korea rocket launch fails to put payload in orbit: Moon

South Korea’s first homegrown space rocket “Nuri” is launched at the Naro Space Centre in Goheung in South Jeolla Province, 473 kms south of Seoul on October 21, 2021. (Photo by YONHAP / AFP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korea’s first domestically-developed space rocket failed to put its dummy payload into orbit after its maiden launch on Thursday, President Moon Jae-in said.

The launch and all three stages of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle II worked, as did the payload separation, Moon said, but “putting a dummy satellite into orbit remains an unfinished mission”.

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