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'Incomplete success'

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Strenuous efforts needed to become global aerospace powerhouse

South Korea reached a brilliant achievement in its aerospace history Thursday, by launching a domestically developed space rocket to its targeted altitude. But it was an "incomplete success" as the launch vehicle failed to place a dummy satellite into orbit. Nuri, or the Korean Satellite Launch Vehicle II (KSLV II), blasted off from the Naro Space Center in Goheung off the southern coast and flew to an altitude of 700 kilometers.

According to the Ministry of Science and ICT, the rocket's first and second stages separated appropriately. But the third stage's engine burned out 46 seconds earlier than designed, thus failing to reach the speed of 7.5 kilometers per second that would give the payload enough momentum to enter orbit. South........

© The Korea Times

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