A test of a South Korean space launch vehicle at the Naro Space Center, Goheung, South Korea, June 10, 2010 (photo by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on a range of countries’ space priorities and programs. This summer, at a meeting with government officials, researchers from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute announced that the first test launch of South Korea’s indigenous next-generation rocket would be delayed by 10 months, until late 2018. In an email interview, Daniel Pinkston, a professor at Troy University’s Seoul campus, discusses South Korea’s space program. WPR: What are South Korea’s space capabilities, in terms of its space-industrial complex, and who are its major international partners, in terms of space diplomacy and […]