Korea has taken another step toward developing its first completely homegrown rocket, slated for completion in six years.
Korea's space agency and the science ministry announced Tuesday that ground combustion tests for what will be the third-stage engine were conducted successfully at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, Jeollanam-do province.
The seven-ton thrust engine passed five separate combustion tests designed to check the fuel injection system and engine stability.
Korea became the 13th country to launch a space rocket from its own soil in January last year when it launched the Naro rocket, whose first stage was built by Russian scientists.
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