South Korea's first lunar mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), planned for 2020 https://t.co/uk0yqOqoG0 https://t.co/g6iYfdZJHg
Interesting that south korea would choose to use a foreign launch vehicle over their own KSLV-2 vehicle. I wonder why?
Quote from: K210 on 12/21/2017 06:36 amInteresting that south korea would choose to use a foreign launch vehicle over their own KSLV-2 vehicle. I wonder why? cost or schedule or risk level?
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2981096Govít boosts its goals for spaceKorea plans to launch an exploratory lunar probe aboard its own launch vehicle by June 2020 and later embark on missions to Mars and asteroids by 2040, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced yesterday.
South Koreaís lunar orbiter is almost ready and should finally start in a year, thanks in part to the help of the US space agency NASA. The South Korean Ministry of Science announced this on Monday, reports the Korea Times, among others. After a precision camera from the USA had been connected to the device, the lunar probe should be ready in October. This will be followed by extensive tests before the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) is then launched in August 2022 with a SpaceX rocket. The orbiter should then explore the moon for at least a year.