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S. Korea to launch its first homegrown space rocket Nuri on Oct. 21
South Korea will launch its first homegrown space rocket Nuri carrying a 1.5-ton mock payload on Oct. 21 as scheduled at the Naro Space Center in Goheung.
The Nuri is now on a launchpad for a propellant fill test to check its systems in extreme climate conditions, according to the Ministry of Science and ICT.
The preliminary launch period was set from Oct. 22-28 with the possibility of schedule changes depending on weather conditions.
South Korea, which has invested around 2 trillion won in the project since 2010, unveiled a test model of the 200-ton Nuri in June.
In May next year, it would carry a 200-kilogram satellite and a 1.3-ton dummy payload.
The three-stage Nuri uses four 75-ton liquid engines in its first stage, a 75-ton liquid engine in the second, and a 7-ton liquid engine in the third.
South Korea successfully launched its first-ever space rocket, the Naro, in 2013. However, the Naro's first stage was built in Russia.