South Korea Prepares Rocket Launch

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South Korea to launch its own space rocket
AFP

South Korea will this month launch a satellite using its own rocket as part of a drive to join Asia’s space race, officials said Tuesday.

An experimental satellite weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds) will be launched into a low earth orbit on July 30 from the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, 475 kilometres (300 miles) south of Seoul.

“It will mark the first time that South Korea will launch a satellite from its own territory, using its own launch vehicle,” Park Jeong-Joo, director of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, told journalists.

Only nine other countries have their own launch vehicles.

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