The 300-ton space rocket, named the Korea Space Launch Vehicle 2 (KSLV-II), will be test-fired during the third and final stage of the space program that will commence in April 2018.The first stage of the 1.96 trillion-won (US$1.68 billion) program began in March 2010, in which the country successfully built and test-fired a 7-ton thrust engine, the ministry said
I'm a little surprised there isn't more about South Korea's space program in this forum. Maybe there's a thread I'm missing?The attached file is a copy of a 3 Jan 2014 file from KARI (I believe). I used google to translate the Korean so it's not perfect. Seems to me there should be an update to this somewhere but couldn't find it. Probably have to conduct a search in Korean.Cheers,Mike
MT @barbylon S Korea lunar orbiter "pathfinder" mission to launch in 2018, construction of a Korean DSN node, science payload development.MT @barbylon S Korea will seek instruments for lunar orbiter through AO in "early 2016", open to international participants #nesf2015
Check out http://eng.kari.re.kr/sub01_02_101 Lunar Pathfinder precedes Lunar Orbiter/Lander apparently.
SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's science ministry said Wednesday it plans to launch a lunar exploration project next year, eventually seeking to send a landing vessel by 2020.Under the first stage of the project that will run from 2016 to 2018, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will allocate 197.8 billion won (US$169 million) to conduct research and send an orbiter.The ministry said it has already secured a 20 billion-won budget for 2016.South Korea plans to develop the orbiter and the ground station independently with its own technologies, the ministry added.It will also seek cooperation with overseas researchers, such as the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to develop payloads.For the second phase of the project, the ministry will send a landing vessel to the moon with its own developed launch vehicle.The ministry added it will make efforts to utilize its prior experiences in developing email@example.com
Too bad we don't have a Korean speaker interested in keeping this updated.
Thanks wesley. Can you let us know what the propellants are for each stage?
Wow, $1.7B for a 7-ton engine ? Thats a .. steep asking price. Rocketry is hard and expensive, but you dont have to invent everything from scratch these days.
Any payload masses for LEO and TLI?