South Korea, a relative latecomer to the global space development race, is preparing to launch its very first fully homegrown three-stage space rocket, the KSLV-II, in October this year.
A test version of the fully assembled model also known as Nuri was unveiled yesterday for the first time since the country began its development in 2010.
The real-life qualification model of Nuri will go through various testings for about a month which will be the very final step before its blast off in the fall.
Race to the Final Frontier, Han Sang-yeop , Principal Researcher at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute joins us live via Skype.
Dr. Han, thanks so much for joining us.
Eleven years it's been since KARI began the development of Korea's space launch vehicle based on homegrown technology. After more than a decade and seven years since the first launch of the KSLV-I or Naro in 2013. The Naro, eight year ago, was launched partially with Russian technology.
When the KSLV-II, complete fully with Korea's homegrown technology, is successfully launched into space come October, how big of leap forward is this from the Naro space rocket eight years ago?
One notable aspect of the rocket launch, is that the launch pad was attached to what's called an 'umbilical tower' for the first time in Korea's history. What purpose does it serve, and why is it important?
If the launch is a success in October, South Korea will become only the seventh country in the world to obtain independent space launch vehicle technology. What will this mean for Korea's aerospace industry?
South Korea is a relative latecomer to the global space development race. Where do we stand in the global realm? Is South Korea catching up relatively quickly?
What were some of the biggest challenges for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and for you, personally, in building this rocket?
Does the latest agreement with the United States on civil space cooperation help South Korea's space development? How will joining the Artemis Project and the lifting of South Korea's missile range limit impact your future goals in space?
Dr. Han Sang-yeop at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute for us tonight. Thank you, and we very much look forward to the successful launching of "Nuri".