Hy-Lok Corporation has developed and produced a series of important and specialised valves and fittings for the ambitious project of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. The valves are so crucial for the rocket that Korean Aerospace has even placed the Hy-Lok logo on the surface of the rocket.
South Korea launched its first homemade rocket on Thursday 21st of october 2021. The launch is an important step toward placing satellites in orbit.
The three-stage Nuri rocket, built by the government’s Korea Aerospace Research Institute with the help of hundreds of local companies, lifted off from the Naro Space Center in Goheung, on the southwestern tip of South Korea. The rocket was designed to test its ability to thrust an artificial satellite into orbit 373 to 497 miles above the Earth.
Nuri pushed its payload to space 434 miles above the earth which made it an excellent result for a first try. ”The launch of the Nuri Rocket, as the first flight test of a launch vehicle developed independently in Korea, is a significant step in securing core rocket technology.”
The country aspires to be a leader in space technology, with plans to land an uncrewed craft on the moon by 2030. President Moon Jae-in said the initial launch was excellent “for a first try.”