It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. After two delays launching South Korea's first fully domestically-developed space rocket, Nuri finally lifted off on Tuesday at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanamdo-Province, and successfully placed its satellites into orbit.
What does the launch mean for the South Korean space program moving forward, and what comes next? For this, we turn to Kang Sung-ju, Research officer of the Astronomy & Space Team at the Gwacheon National Science Museum. Good morning to you.
First off, let's start off with the glitch Nuri experienced before their second delay last week. What was the issue, and how were they able to fix the problem in such a short period of time?
Nuri was able to successfully place satellites into orbit after its launch. Can you walk us through the process? And were the satellites able to send information from orbit?
From their first, somewhat unsuccessful launch last October, to their latest launch in June, there was only a span of 8 months in between. What did KARI need to do and how were they able to fix its initial problems so quickly?
We understand, there's going to be a number of other launches in the future. What kind of projects can we look forward to? Will there be more satellites being sent into orbit?
Thank for you insights. Looking forward to speaking to you again.