The date is set.
On June fifteenth, South Korea's first fully homegrown space rocket Nuri will lift off for the second time eight months after its initial launch came short of putting a dummy satellite into orbit.
This time, though, it'll be attached with actual satellites: a 180-kilogram "performance verification" satellite and four mini cube satellites that weigh about a kilogram each.
"But in the second launch, now we have to verify that this launch vehicle can carry a satellite which acts like a normal satellite and this satellite will verify the launch vehicle, the second launch vehicle Nuri is capable of delivering satellites into space."
Nuri will soar into the sky from the Naro Space Center in the southern coastal village of Goheung, Jeollanam-do Province in the afternoon likely sometime between three and five PM.
The Science Ministry and Korea Aerospace Research Institute have reserved June sixteenth to the twenty third as the rocket's launch window in consideration of variables like bad weather.
Currently being assembled and readied for launch, the three-stage rocket weighs 200 tons and measures 47.2 meters in length.
"launch vehicle is all parts and all assemblies, all manufacturing's happened inside Korea so it's a fully Koreanized launch vehicle."
Engineers have reportedly upgraded its third stage which burned out earlier than expected in October despite Nuri reaching its target altitude of 700 kilometers.
According to officials, a comprehensive inter-agency drill was conducted last week to prepare for a wide range of emergency situations, including fuel leakages and unapproved drone disruptions.
South Korea has invested more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars into the Nuri project since 2010.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.