Korean rocket development level 2 starts in August with 732 million USD investment

The 2nd development project for Korean rocket (projectile) will start in August. 2nd level targets developing a 75-ton liquid engine, which is the the main technology for Korean rocket, and thus will be investing 732 million USD until 2018.  Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) plans to finish the 1st level development and evaluate by upcoming July and start the 2nd level development in August.

The project goal is to develop a 75-ton liquid engine and successful launch test according to it. The Korean rocket will have 1st level engine that has four 75-ton liquid engines tied together, 2nd level engine with one 75-ton liquid engine, and 3rd level with 7-ton liquid engine. The 75-ton engine that used in 1st and 2nd level is the most important factor for deciding the success in developing Korean rocket. MSIP will complete the rocket and engine detailed structuring via 75-ton liquid engine developmental testing and ground firing test.

For full article, see ETnews.

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Tech developed to make lunar rover capable of operating in extreme environments

A research team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology showcases a prototype of a lunar rover, which will be used for moon exploration in 2020.
A research team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology showcases a prototype of a lunar rover, which will be used for moon exploration in 2020.

On Feb. 16, a research team led by Dr. Gang Sung-cheol at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) unveiled a prototype of a lunar rover, which is planned to be on the moon roving by 2020. What is notable is that a lunar rover has been developed with local technology.

The machine is able to carry out its mission in extreme conditions. Since it is designed to control heat easily, it can operate in a huge daily temperature range from 170 degrees below zero to 130 degrees above zero. It can perform its tasks on rough terrain as well.

The most notable characteristic of the newly-developed rover is that it is composed of two bodies. The passive double tracks of ROBHAZ, a robot designed to perform dangerous work, were used. The passive double tracks with two separate bodies connected with chains help the robot operate in a smooth manner, while maintaining its contact with the ground even in rugged terrain. The rover can move steadily up 30 degree slopes and even get over a 5-cm-tall fence. It can move up to 4 cm per second.

For full article, see Business Korea.

R&D investment by Korean firms

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Korean firms’ investment in research and development leans toward the electronics sector, reaching 46.6 percent of total R&D spending in 2011, according to a report by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning. But the levels of investment in the high-tech industries of aerospace technology, pharmaceuticals and machinery stalled at 0.2 percent, 2.3 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.

Source: Korea Herald.

Korean Government boosts its goals for space

2013_11_map_to_spaceKorea plans to launch an exploratory lunar probe aboard its own launch vehicle by June 2020 and later embark on missions to Mars and asteroids by 2040, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced yesterday.This represents a revision of the space development blueprint that moves up the time frame of the lunar landing mission and outlines a budget and other long-term space plans.

The advancement of Korea’s space program is one of President Park Geun-hye’s key pledges in line with other projects aimed at fostering the sciences and engineering fields. Initially, the development of the space launch vehicle, or rocket, was scheduled for September 2021 with a budget of 1.545 trillion won ($1.45 billion). The ministry pushed up the schedule by one year and three months, and boosted the budget to 1.957 trillion won.

For full article, see Joongang Daily.

Ministry to invest W1.6b in satellite program

The government vowed on Monday to invest 1.6 billion won ($ 1.43 million) over the next three years to nurture qualified professionals in the satellite industry. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has partnered with the Satellite Technology Research Center of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to jointly develop new training courses for selected postgraduate students and researchers.

The ministry said it was seeking to increase manpower in the space industry from roughly 2,000 to 5,000 by 2020. Korea made major strides earlier this year by successfully launching its first locally assembled space rocket KSLV-1 from its own soil for the first time.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

Korea eyes expansion of commercial space industry

The government will soon set up measures to help commercialize its space technology while also working to further develop its commercial space sector that will include the early development of a shuttle to the moon, the science ministry said Thursday.

The move comes as there are only 61 private companies or research institutes developing space technologies in the country while 44.2 percent of them have annual sales of less than 1 billion won ($909,000), according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

South Korea successfully launched its first space rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, in January, becoming the world’s 13th nation to have launched a space rocket from its own soil. “The country has so far developed its key space technologies and related industry through government-led space programs, but it has yet to witness any meaningful commercialization of space technologies due to its lack of a serious space industry,” the ministry said in a press release.

For full article, see Korea Herald.

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.

Seoul to set definite date for launch of Naro space rocket

South Korea will this week set a more definite date for the liftoff of its Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), the government said Wednesday. The country’s Launch Preparation Committee earlier set Jan. 30-Feb. 8 as possible dates for what will be its third launch of KSLV-1, also known as Naro.

“The committee will be convened at 11 a.m. Thursday and select a launch date within the candidate dates after reviewing technical preparations and weather conditions,” the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said in a statement.

The country’s first two attempts to send the KSLV-1 into space in 2009 and 2010 ended in failures. A successful launch of the space rocket will make the country the world’s 13th nation to send a satellite into space from its own soil. The third launch of the KSLV-1 was originally set to take place on Oct. 26 but was delayed due to a damaged rubber seal in the connector between the rocket and the launch pad.

For full article see Korea Herald.

Korea set to launch space rocket on Nov. 29

Korea plans to launch the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1) next week in its third attempt to send a rocket into space from its own soil, a government committee said Thursday. “Nov. 29 has been set as the candidate launch date,” the Naro Launch Preparation Committee said in a released statement. “The possible time of the launch will be between 4 and 6:55 p.m. with the actual time to be decided on the launch date.”

It said, however, that both the date and time were still tentative as bad weather conditions and many other issues could further delay the planned launch.

Seoul originally sought to launch the KSLV-1, also known as Naro-1, on Oct. 26 but a broken rubber seal in a connector or adapter between the rocket and its launch pad forced it to reschedule its third attempt to put a rocket into space. The first two attempts, in August 2009 and June 2010, both ended in failure.

For full article see Korea Times.

Korea to unveil new satellite for Naro space rocket

A picture of the Science & Technology Satellite-2C that will be launched into orbit in October (Photo courtesy of KAIST).

The Science and Technology Satellite-2C (STSAT-2C) will be revealed to the public Friday in a pre-shipment ceremony to be held at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. 

The satellite, indigenously developed by KAIST, is the third of its kind as its two predecessors — STSAT-2A and STSAT-2B — were lost in failed attempts to launch the country’s first space vehicles in August 2009 and June 2010.

 A new and improved Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, also known as Naro-1, is scheduled to be launched in October, with the specific launch date to be set later. The country’s first space rocket was developed jointly with Russia.

For full article see Yonhap News.