Joining the Asia Space Race: South Korea's Space Program

Date & Time: 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Joining the Asia Space Race: South Korea's Space Program
KEI Conference Facility
Dr. Daniel Pinkston, Deputy Project Director for North East Asia, International Crisis Group
Moderator: Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Research and Academic Affairs, KEI

On September 10, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Daniel Pinkston of Crisis Group International to discuss South Korea's space program. Having transitioned from a developing to a developed economy and country, South Korea is now trying to enhance its space program. Despite North Korea putting a satellite into space first, South Korea already had one of its astronauts on board the International Space Station, and launched its own satellite into orbit a few weeks after North Korea. South Korea’s space program has some ambitious ideas, but the recent retirement of its remaining astronaut combined with budget concerns could place strains on upcoming plans.

In looking at the future of space exploration, where exactly does Korea’s space program fit in? What advantages might Korea have as a relative newcomer to space? Does Korea’s space program hurt efforts to deter North Korea from developing its missile program? What direction should South Korea’s space program take as Asian nations increasingly look into exploring space?

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Please view the video of the program below: