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South Korea has launched a sin­gle-stage rocket to test a lo­cally made en­gine as part of ef­forts to place a satel­lite into or­bit.

The Sci­ence Min­istry says it has con­firmed its en­gine test was suc­cess­ful after the rocket landed off the south­ern coast on Wed­nes­day.

It says South Korea aims to de­velop a do­mes­ti­cally built space launch ve­hi­cle by 2021.

In 2013, South Korea suc­ceeded in thrust­ing a satel­lite into or­bit aboard a rocket blasted from its soil for the first time, but parts of that rocket were built with Rus­sian help.

Ri­val North Korea put its first satel­lite into space in late 2012, a launch viewed by Seoul and Wash­ing­ton as a test of Py­ongyang’s long-range mis­sile tech­nol­ogy.

Last year, North Korea con­ducted three in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests.

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