Like we've just heard, South Korea's Nuri made its historic lift-off into space just a few hours ago.
The nation's science minister just announced that the launch was a huge success, adding that it has opened a new chapter in Korea's space development program.
Now, this latest launch makes South Korea just the seventh country in the world to have developed a space launch vehicle that can carry a satellite of more than a ton after Russia, the United States, France, China, Japan and India.
It also means that South Korea has the key technology to develop and launch its own space rockets that can carry domestically-produced satellites.
So what was behind the successful launch of Nuri? And what comes next?
For this we are joined via Zoom by Dr Shin Dong-hyuk, Assistant Professor from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
A very good evening to you, Dr. Shin.
1.So first, I must say I am so happy and proud of our scientists. Professor Shin, how did you see the latest launch?
2. So what was the exact goal of the second launch? And from what specific moment were we able to determine that it was a success?
3.So we heard that Nuri's verification satellite communicated successfully with South Korea's King Sejong Station in Antarctica. What are the next steps we're waiting for?
4. So as of now, many gauge the launch as a success, but in order for it to be PERFECT, we hear that the satellites on board Nuri must be able to function well, for our viewers, can you expand on what we're expecting from these satellites?
5. So, we all know that the first lift-off last year ended in failure due to a problem during the third phase, but this time, the results were different. What changes or modifications have been made?
6.With the latest launch, South Korea becomes the seventh country in the world to have developed a space launch vehicle that can carry a more than 1-ton satellite. What significance does this have?
7. So with the success, what does South Korea seek to pursue in its future space development? Tell us about our plans.
(from now on until 2027 korea will make 4 more additional launches/danuri moon orbiter/participate in artemis program)
Alright let's look forward to that, thank you for your insights.