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first Korean projectile, the Nuri, takes on a historic challenge today (21st). The scheduled launch time of the Nuri is 4 PM today. Let's connect with a reporter who is out at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanam-do to hear more details.

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


Goheung Naro Space Center.

As the day dawns, there is also tension in the Naro Space Center, which is preparing for the launch of the Nuri spacecraft.

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

The scheduled launch time is 4:00 pm, but the final launch time is decided by comprehensively considering the possibility of colliding with space objects 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.

In Goheung today, it is predicted that there will be no major disruption to the launch without rain or lightning, with a daytime maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.

However, the wind is strong at an altitude of 10 km, so we are keeping an eye on this point.


Reporter Choi, the launch direction of the Nuri is in the South Sea, so the area around the South Sea must be controlled, right?


Yes, it is.

With the launch pad as the center, the 3km radius of land was completely controlled, and the airspace in the flight direction of the Nuri was also controlled.

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 period.

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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