S.Korea launches commercial satellite for first time

S.Korea launches commercial satellite for first time

South Korea's domestically-made space rocket on Thursday delivered a commercial grade satellite into orbit for the first time, the country's science minister said, a remarkable achievement in its ambitions to compete with its Asian neighbours in a space race.

The Nuri rocket took off from the Naro Space Center on the southern coast of South Korea on Monday at 6:24 p.m. in its third flight after technical glitches caused the launch to becanceled a day earlier.

The main commercial satellite made contact with a base station in Antarctica on Monday, Science Minister Lee Jong-ho said.

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