<Reporter Yong-Tae Kim>

This is the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, the only gateway to space in Korea. Tomorrow (21st), our space science and technology crystal, the Nuri, will start a historic flight here. Tonight, SBS will be with Nuriho's last night on earth. Nuriho is already looking into space. I left the assembly building and stood on the launch pad, now waiting for the countdown.

First of all, this is reporter Seo Dong-gyun.


At around 7:20 a.m., the Korean launch vehicle Nuri appears magnificently in the Naro Space Center assembly building.

The Taegeukgi and the name ‘Nuri’ are clearly visible on both sides of the first stage rocket fuselage.

The Nuri was loaded into a vibration-free special vehicle and moved slowly at the pace of an adult.

It took 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach the launch pad 1.8 km away.

Arriving at the launch pad, the Nuri was erected straight toward the sky with the help of a towing device.

As it is made up of 370,000 parts, it took 15 minutes to stand up to minimize impact and 1 hour and 20 minutes including fixing work.

Next, the connection between electricity and fuel supply facilities, which can be said to be the umbilical cord of the Nuri, was carried out.

[Seunghyup Oh / Special Researcher at Korea Aerospace Research Institute: After technical review, mechanical connection work was performed, and electrical devices inside the launch vehicle function normally... .]

Nuri is the crystallization of Korean space science, which has been completed through countless tests and modifications over the past 12 years.

If the Nuri is successfully launched, Korea will become the 7th country to launch a satellite with more than 1 ton.

Even the advanced world space rockets have succeeded in launching their own space rockets from the first launch, less than 30%.

Korea has the experience of successful test launch of a 75-ton engine constituting a single-stage 300-ton engine in 2018.

Only a monumental flight to the grand dream of a space power remains.

The estimated launch time is tomorrow at 4 PM, a new chapter in the Korean space age will open.

(Video coverage: Yang Doo-won, Jeong Kyung-moon, video editing: Jeon Min-gyu) 

▶ Final inspection of 'Nuri launch D-1'...

Reinforcement of surrounding control

▶ 16 minutes of launch of 'landing at an altitude of 700 km', the success or failure of the Nuri ship is divided

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