Only 13 nations including the European Space Agency have historically constructed space-going rockets. Here’s a list of the countries that are capable of launching space rockets.
Last month, South Korea became a member of the relatively small group of nations with the ability to launch space rockets using domestically developed technology.
On June 21, Rocket Nuri, officially known as the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-II, successfully launched from Goheung in Southern Korea with a 1.3 tons dummy satellite and smaller satellites, proving that satellites heavier than one ton can be carried on board.
The Korean Herald claims that only seven nations have ever attained this capability. Only 13 nations including the European Space Agency have historically constructed space-going rockets, according to Statista data.
Of these, only 11 are still in operation today, including the Russian and Ukrainian projects, which are extensions of the former Soviet space program, the first one to ever put a rocket into Earth’s orbit. The European Space Agency (ESA) program has been a regional effort since 1979, and European programs in the UK and France have come to an end.
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Asian rocket projects are among the most established in the world, with the Chinese, Japanese, and Indian programs dating back to 1970, 1980, and 1980, respectively.
United States, Russia, India, Japan, China, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey are all interested in (re)landing on the moon, along with South Korea.