On June 21, South Korea successfully launched a satellite into orbit using a domestically-built rocket Nuri (KSLV-II).
Nuri is a launch vehicle that was first presented last summer. In October last year, the rocket was launched into orbit for the first time. This test launch ended in failure because one of its engines shut down prematurely.
The payload included a test satellite weighing 162.5 kilograms that successfully made contact with a station in Antarctica after entering orbit. The rest of the payload included a 1.3-ton dummy satellite and four tiny CubeSats designed for the needs of local universities.
This launch made South Korea the seventh country in the world to be able to launch satellites weighing more than a ton into low-Earth orbit on its own launch vehicle.