South Korea’s first domestically produced satellite launcher failed to reach orbit on its inaugural test flight Thursday. A preliminary review of data indicated the rocket’s third stage shut down early, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said.
On Thursday, South Korea’s first independently developed space launch vehicle, Nuri, will take off.
South Korea plans to accelerate its space development program by boosting cooperation with the U.S. in a move that may help the Biden administration’s Asia strategy to check China’s growing global clout.
The U.S. Space Command chief, General James Dickinson, met with the head of South Korea’s military in Seoul after the two countries agreed to strengthen space cooperation at the White House Friday.