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South Korea’s leader announces his nation’s goals in space

The new colonial movement: Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president since 2017, on March 25th gave his first speech focused on his nation’s goals in space, outlining plans to encourage private enterprise as well as achieving an unmanned mission to the Moon by 2030.

His speech listed three main programs. First, they are developing their own home-built rocket, dubbed the KSLV-2, which they hope to launch on its first orbital test flight by October of this year.

Second, he touted a project to send a probe to the asteroid Apophis in 2029. I described this probe in my November 2020 report on a science conference focused entirely on Apophis. If all goes well, they hope to have the probe fly in formation with the asteroid as it makes its close approach that year.

Third, he committed his nation to landing an unmanned lander on the Moon by the end of this decade. (Sound familiar?)

While much of this was the typical photo-op stuff that politicians love, designed mostly to enhance their public image, Moon did make it clear their goals are also to foster a new private aerospace industry that would compete in the emerging new space market.

Moon underscored the role of the private sector in enhancing Korea’s space development capabilities. To that end, he said, the government will step up efforts to build an “innovative industrial ecosystem that nurtures global space companies such as SpaceX.”

Another issue he put forth was strengthening international competitiveness of made-in-Korea satellite systems, in the lead-up to the introduction of 6G wireless networks, self-driving vehicles, and other products and services enabled or enhanced by satellites.

All-in-all, it is actually surprising that up to now South Korea has not made its presence felt in space. This announcement suggests they now intend to change that.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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6 comments

  • Anon

    Hey Robert, you posted this video (https://youtu.be/VKHq6vp2oAw) back in 2018. Do you have any idea who made it, and how to get in contact with them? I’d love to use it for something in the future, though probably not for a while.

  • Anon: I have no information for you. I got it off of youtube. Go there and contact them there.

  • wayne

    Anon–
    ‘CyberRandomness’ is the ostensible creator, from 2012, with no listed contact info, and with no copyright notice. If I were you, I’d download the 720p quality version, and do what thou wilt.

  • wayne

    Anon–

    You might like this one…..
    -> play it loud.
    “From launch to landing, a space shuttle’s solid rocket booster journey is captured, with sound mixed and enhanced by Skywalker Sound.”

    “Riding the Booster; Up and Down in 400 seconds”
    NASA 2012
    https://youtu.be/527fb3-UZGo
    8:31

  • mrsizer

    that nurtures global space companies such as SpaceX.
    That’s an interesting characterization of SpaceX. It might be self-fulling. For example, not requiring government flunkies at the launch or making sure they arrive on time seems like a good value-adding proposition.

  • wayne

    mrsizer-
    Interesting point.

    On the other hand, to paraphrase Stalin, “How many Division’s does SpaceX have?”

    Blues Saraceno –
    “Save My Soul”
    (Theme: The Men Who Built America)
    https://youtu.be/lCnzCMBRO1o
    3:20

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