South Korea took one huge step closer to joining the small club of nations that can build and launch their own orbital-class rockets, with its maiden attempt blasting off successfully but just short of deploying its payload in orbit.
Where did it go wrong and what does the successful launch of South Korea's first domestically-developed space rocket mean? How can it be improved for a complete success including the putting the satellite in the target orbit?
Joining me live for an in-depth discussion is Ahn Jae-myung, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at KAIST.
Professor Ahn, welcome to the show.
How did you view the launch of Nuri KSLV-2 yesterday? The Nuri has failed to complete its mission to put a payload into targeted orbit, but experts say it's still a big success for the country. How would you evaluate it?
What is the significance of the launch of Nuri KSLV-2? And what does it mean for the future of space development industry in South Korea?
What were some key moments that you've noticed that were important in this launch?
How far have we (South Korea) come in terms of technological development of space/launch vehicles?
What was the reason behind this failure in the third stage?
What are some lessons we can learn from this launch? What can be improved for the next launch in May 2022?
That was Professor Ahn Jae-myung at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at KAIST. We appreciate it.