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South Korea's ambition to launch a space industry on the back of a locally developed rocket have stalled, after a glitch saw the countdown halted for its latest attempt to place its Nuri vehicle into orbit. The launch was planned for Wednesday, but postponed by a day due to unfavourable weather. The Korea Aerospace and …

  1. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Isn't South Korea a little bit North to send efficiently payloads in space? I guess there's a lot of national pride in doing this, but it seems to be a waste.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      I would tend to agree but, politics.

    2. AlanS
      Holmes

      North of Kennedy Space Center, but comparable with Vandenberg, and way south of the Russian sites.

    3. Xalran

      For geosynchronous orbits yes they are quite North.

      But given enough propellant that can be solved, now thats not economically viable, but for launches where the money don't matter it can be done.

      On the other hand they have an advantage for polar orbits.

      Now on the difficulty of sending stuff aloft in orbit... it's Rocket Science after all.

      1. druck Silver badge

        It's probably best they don't try for a polar orbit, given him who is to the north of them would probably send them back quite a few of his rockets in return.

    4. HildyJ Silver badge
      Pint

      National politics

      Of course South Korea is south of the entire UK which is also trying to get into the race.

      Two failures is not a lot. It is, after all, rocket science.

      A pint of Hite beer to the boffins in hope that the third time's the charm.

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