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South Korea launches first satellite with homegrown rocket

The Nuri rocket, the first domestically produced space rocket, lifts off from a launch pad at the Naro Space Centre in Goheung, South Korea. PHOTO: AP

SEOUL (AP) – South Korea conducted its first successful satellite launch using a domestically developed rocket yesterday, officials said, boosting its growing aerospace ambitions and demonstrating it has key technologies needed to launch spy satellites and build larger missiles amid tensions with North Korea.

The three-stage Nuri rocket placed a functioning “performance verification” satellite at a target altitude of 700 kilometres after its 4pm liftoff from South Korea’s space launch centre on a southern island, the Science Ministry said.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin