South Korea has no military surveillance satellites, relying on intelligence information from its biggest ally, the United States.
However, South Korea aims to become a key player in space technology, competing with its Asian neighbors.
In June 2022, the country successfully launched its domestically produced "Nuri" rocket and put operational and dummy satellites into orbit on its second attempt.
South Korea canceled the third flight of its indigenous space rocket Nuri due to technical problems hours before the launch, which was planned to be a key step in its burgeoning space program.
Reuters reported that the technical glitches were most likely communication errors between computers controlling the helium release valve.
The "Nuri" itself does not appear to have any problems, so it will remain on the launch pad for a rescheduled test.
The planned launch comes amid an arms race around South and North Korea, which are technically still at war since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in an armistice.
Seoul plans to carry out three more test launches of the "Nuri" system by 2027.