Nuri to launch on May 24
Preliminary launch date set for May 25-May 31
The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) held a Nuri Launch Management Committee on 11th April to comprehensively review the preparations for the third launch of Nuri and decided May 24, 2023 as the scheduled launch date, with an estimated launch time of 18:24.
The committee carefully reviewed the preparations for the third launch of Nuri, the satellite payload schedule, the final test plan, and the launch conditions (weather, space environment, and possible space object collisions) to determine the scheduled launch date (May 24), and set a backup launch date (May 25 to May 31) in consideration of possible schedule changes due to weather. In addition, considering the orbit (altitude of 550 kilometers) of the main satellite, Next Generation Small Satellite 2, which will perform its mission (verification of imaging radar technology and observation of cosmic radiation in near-Earth orbit), the scheduled launch time was confirmed as 18:24 (±30 minutes).
The Commission has inspected the launch preparations, and currently, Nuri has completed the assembly of the first and second stages and is conducting various performance tests, while the eight satellites* that will be carried on the third stage are undergoing final environmental tests. The satellites are scheduled to be delivered to the Naro Space Cener between May 1 and 2, and will be assembled in the third stage and integrated with the first and second stages over a period of about three weeks.
* (Main payload, 1st stage) Next Generation Small Satellite No. 2
(Subsatellites, 7 units) Toyosat (4 units), JSTEC (1 unit), LUMIR (1 unit), Kairos Space (1 unit)
"The third launch of Nuri is of great significance as it is the first attempt to launch a commercial-grade satellite and the first time a private company will jointly manufacture the homegrown Nuri rocket," said Oh Tae-seok, First Vice Minister of Science and Technology. "The Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Hanwha Aerospace, and related industries are all doing their utmost to prepare for the launch, and MSIT will do their best to ensure a successful launch."