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South Korea chases global ambitions in space and defense

Seoul builds up military tech from homegrown rockets to sub-launched missiles

The Nuri rocket blasts off from Naro Space Center, one of South Korea's southernmost points, on Oct. 21. The public sector alone will launch more than 100 satellites over the next decade, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that day. (Photo by Yonhap via Reuters)

SEOUL -- With help from the private sector, South Korea is forging ahead on its campaign to become a global space and military power in a bid to bolster defenses against the likes of North Korea and energize domestic industry.

On Oct. 21, South Korea launched its first fully homegrown rocket into the air. Though the Nuri rocket ultimately failed to accomplish its mission to deliver a dummy satellite into orbit, the launch marked a major step forward for South Korea's space sector.

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