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Joining the Asia space race : South Korea's space program

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  • Joining the Asia space race
  • Pinkston, Daniel A.
  • Korea Economic Institute of America


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Title Joining the Asia space race
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South Korea's space program

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Pinkston, Daniel A.

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Washington, DC:Korea Economic Institute of America

Date 2014-09
Series Title; No Academic Paper Series
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Holding Korea Economic Institute of America

Abstract

The Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) is an emerging space-faring nation seeking to expand its space capabilities in the realms of science, communications, commerce, and national security affairs. The country has passed three important space milestones: the launch of Korea’s first satellite, Kitsat-1 (Uribyŏl-1) on 10 August 1992; manned space flight by Korea’s first astronaut, Yi So-yeon (Yi So-yŏn), on 8 April 2008; and the successful satellite launch with an indigenous Naro (KSLV-1) space launch vehicle (SLV) on 30 January 2013.
Korea now has ambitious plans to develop powerful space launchers, advanced satellites, lunar probes, and deep space exploration capabilities. Seoul’s space ambitions partially have been driven by an inter-Korean space rivalry,1 but the two Korean space programs have significant differences. (The rest omitted)