South Korean President Moon Jae-in has pledged to deploy the country’s initial robotic lunar lander on the homegrown rocket by 2030. Moon also announced that feasibility tests for delivering a spaceship to Apophis, an asteroid that will travel close to Earth in 2029, are ongoing.

At his March 25 address at Naro Space Center situated in Goheung, he revealed these space exploration targets, as well as a host of other initiatives targeted at strengthening the country’s space production capability. Moon said, “We will aggressively press for difficult space exploration ventures that draw on the groundwork laid by the creation of a Korean launch vehicle.” “By 2030, we would have used our launch vehicle to accomplish our goal of walking on the moon. The technical prowess, knowledge, and trust acquired from the first phase in space exploration, discovering the moon, would provide a strong base for space development.”

Since taking office in May 2017, this was Moon’s first public address on space exploration. It occurred three days after the CAS500-1 remote sensing spacecraft from South Korea was launched into space by a Russian Soyuz-2.1 rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. From 2015, the state-financed Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) collaborated on the 500-kg satellite with a community of sector partners, sharing its key technology and knowledge with them from the start, marking the first time this has happened.

“In phases, state-financed research institutes’ technology will be passed to the private sector,” Moon added. “To create a space business cluster and revitalize the space service sector, we will seek structural improvement as planned,” Moon emphasized the importance of the private industry in Korea’s space exploration efforts. To that end, he stated that the government would increase efforts to create an “innovative industrial environment that promotes global space corporations like SpaceX.”

In the run-up to the launch of 6G cellular networks, self-driving cars, and other goods and services allowed or improved by satellites, he also addressed the question of enhancing the foreign efficiency of made-in-Korea satellite programs.

“We would improve our space-linked national defense by building a pilot system of communication satellites to bring in the 6G age, a Korean-engineered satellite navigation programs necessary for the autonomous vehicle as well as drone sectors, and the nanosatellite constellation system,” he added.

Moon stated a testing facility for solid-propellant launches would be developed at Naro Space Center to promote the development of private-sector launch vehicle firms. With the Prime Minister taking over as chairperson of the Korea National Space Committee, he said, the Prime Minister’s rank would be enhanced.

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By Adam

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