The first launch of South Korea's homegrown space rocket, Nuri, is seen as a meaningful achievement by the companies that participated in its development.
Although Nuri fell short of putting a dummy satellite into orbit, the companies have vowed to use the launch as a stepping stone to becoming a leader in the space industry.
One of the biggest contributors to the project, Hanwha Aerospace, said Nuri was created using South Korea's long term vision and an unwavering will for success in the space industry.
The company vowed to strengthen the country's presence in the space industry by utilizing its experience and technology, that has been accumulated by participating in various projects since the 1990s to the latest launch of Nuri.
Hyundai Heavy Industries, which manufactured Nuri's launch pad, said that it was meaningful to participate in the project.
The company added that it will do its best to contribute to the development of Korea's aerospace industry through continuous technological improvements.
Hyundai Rotem, which was responsible for Nuri's testing facilities, recognized the importance of the space industry saying it has infinite potential.
Thanks to contributing to Nuri's testing facilities, the company says it was able to improve its technical skills.
Industry watchers expect the launch of Nuri to serve as an opportunity for South Korea to make a new leap forward in the global space race led by private companies.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.