South Korea Makes Moves to Become a Global Space Power

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).
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).
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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 […]

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