Korea faces bumpy road to be space power

South Korea faces a bumpy road ahead to be a space power despite the successful launch of a locally assembled rocket that gave legitimate reasons for the parties involved to celebrate. No longer feeling the pressure of the two previous failures, government officials are speaking of bringing forward the launch of the planned Korea Space Launch Vehicle-2 (KSLV-2), a bigger and more powerful successor to KSLV-1, also known as Naro.

The “self-developed” KSLV-2 is tentatively scheduled for 2021 but the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is promoting a date three years sooner. President-elect Park Geun-hye has expressed support for the advanced date, praising the success of Naro as evidence of a positive outlook. But concerns are rising due to an unanswered fundamental question: Does Korea really have what it takes to do this?

Fo full article, see Korea Times.

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