Today (21st), the Nuri, the first Korean launcher made with pure Korean technology, takes on a historic challenge. The scheduled launch time of the Nuri is 4 PM today. Let's connect with a reporter who is at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanam-do and listen to the current situation.

Reporter Choi Seon-gil, how are the preparations for the launch now? 


Yes, it is at the Naro Space Center in Goheung.

Now, in tension, we are preparing for the final preparations for the launch of the Nuri.

As a result of yesterday's inspection, it is known that there are no major problems, so it is expected to launch this afternoon.

The scheduled launch time is 4 pm, but the final launch time will be decided in consideration of the possibility of colliding with a space object and weather conditions.

Fuel and oxidizer are injected into the Nuri 4 hours before launch, and the countdown begins with automatic operation that checks the condition of the Nuri 10 minutes before launch.

Today, it is predicted that Goheung will have no significant problems with the launch without rain or lightning, with a maximum temperature of 18 degrees during the day.

However, a strong wind blows 10 km above the sky and we are watching this point.


Reporter Choi, now the direction in which the Naro is launched is towards the South Sea.


Yes that's right.

With the launch pad as the center, a 3km radius on land is completely controlled, and airspace is also controlled in accordance with the flight direction of the Nuri.

However, you should also be prepared for any damage that could be caused by falling rocket debris.

Lake Nuri will pass about 100 km from Jeju Island and Okinawa, Japan.

It is expected that the wreckage of the first stage rocket will fall about 400 km from the launch site, the fairing will fall at 1,500 km, and the second stage will fall in sequence at around 2,800 km.

Accordingly, the waters off the coast of Korea are controlled for a certain section.

In addition, the indoor space of the Goheung Space Launch Observatory will be closed from 2pm for quarantine purposes.

The government has urged people to refrain from visiting the country and support them through online live broadcasts.      

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