South Korea next year will open its first aerospace parts testing institution to speed up the country’s plan to build its indigenous space launch technology.
The Ministry of Science and ICT said it broke ground for an aerospace parts testing center in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday after two years of joint planning with Korea Aerospace Research Institute and Jinju City government.
The two-story center with one underground floor will be built on a land area of 5,940 square meters with an aim to complete construction early next year. The center will be equipped with 22 different types of testing equipment worth a total 14 billion won ($13.1 million) including vibration tester, electromagnetic reverberation chamber that will examine indigenously-developed satellites and projectile parts. Testing professionals will provide one-stop evaluation service at the center.
The science ministry said that technical skills and development capacity of Korean aerospace companies have reached a matured stage but the absence of a dedicated center for testing performance of manufactured aerospace parts has impeded the further development of the country’s space program.
Korea has joined the club of space nations after the successful launch of Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1), also called Naro, in 2013. But since then, the development of the country’s space science technology and space program has lost steam somewhat.
The aerospace testing center will open officially in the end of next year after trial operations, according to the ministry.
By Won Ho-sup and Lee Eun-joo
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