SGAC South Korea

National Points of Contact
South Korea
Minwoo Lee
Minwoo Lee
Mar 2016-Mar 2018
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Welcome to the national page of SGAC of South Korea! South Korea is about to join the ranks of advanced countries in the aerospace field. South Korea launched its first astronaut in April 2008 and will become the tenth country to independently launch a satellite into space with the launch of KSLV (Korea Space Launch Vehicle followed by the launch of the geostationary satellite, Communication Ocean and Meteorological Satellite (COMS). Korea also successfully hosted the 2009 International Astronautical Congress(IAC) and the Space Generation Congress (SGC) in Daejeon with the support of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). Korea hopes to strengthen its capacity in the aerospace field in accordance with its position as one of the top ten economies in the world.


Young Space Activities Overview in South Korea

With the successful opening of IAC2009 and SGC2009 in Daejeon, Korea, many young generations in Korea have been interested in space fields and they have tried to form certain communities. As the government focused on development of aerospace field more, roles of young generation who are interested in space became more important. Some undergraduate students applied to Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI) for the internship program, so they tried not only to keep their interest in space but also to develop their experience about space field. Also, some undergraduate students have participated in competitions for small satellites. In addition, there are many social or local community which focus on the topics related space such as designing rocket, observing stars.


Country-Specific Events in 2015

Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV), is South Korea's first carrier rocket and the first South Korean launch vehicle to achieve Earth orbit. Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) will evaluate the first step (’11.8-’15.7) of the KSLV-2 programme, and start the second step (’15.8-’18.3) for the KSLV-2 programme. In this second step, test facilities for the third stage of engine will be established including test facilities for propulsion engine performance. Total propulsion test to develop 7 tons engine will be conducted in the first half year and total propulsion test for 75 tons engine will be tested in the second half year.

Five satellites including KOMPSAT-6, CAS-100, GEOKOMPSAT-2A will be developed continuously in 2015. Space technology-ICT programme will be expected to contribute to new space industries and implementation of creative economy model of Korea. For application of information from satellites, Centre for Application of Satellite Information will be established and GOLDEN (GIS, Ocean, Land, Disaster, Environment & National Security Solution based on Satellite Intelligence) Solution will be promoted to solve the social problems as nature disasters for improvement in the quality of life of the people.


Interesting weblinks in South Korea

Department of Aerospace Engineering of KAIST
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
Satrec Initiative (Satrec I)
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)
Young Astronauts Korea (YAK)
The Korean Astronaut Program of KARI

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IAC 2009 in Daejeon, Korea Soyeon Yi, the first astronaut of Korea


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At the closing dinner of SGC 2009 in Korea Discussing SGC 2009 with local
organizers of IAC at SGC 2008

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