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    South Korea moon exploration ambitions

    South had announced plans for a lunar rover and lander to be launched in 2020.

    Now they have signed an agreement with India to co-operate in lunar exploration. This includes India sharing of data of lunar surface and radiation data collected by Chandrayan–1.

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...1800620_1.html

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) on Monday issued a joint statement committing to cooperation in the areas of lunar exploration, satellite navigation and space science.

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    South Korea expressed hopes of joint exploration of the moon and space programs with the United States.

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news....html?16f3cef0

    President Park Geun-hye voiced hope Wednesday that South Korea and the United States will boost cooperation in lunar exploration and other space programs.

    South Korea joined the global space club with a successful launch of a satellite into orbit in 2013, though its rocket was built in cooperation with Russia.

    South Korea is seeking to develop the country's own space vehicle by 2020 before launching its lunar orbiter and a moon probe.

    "I hope that South Korea and the U.S. will expand cooperation on lunar exploration and space," Park said during a visit to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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    I'd like their shipyards to build Sea Dragon

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    We now have a year for the orbiter, 2018 before the lander in 2020.

    http://www.astrowatch.net/2015/12/so...ploration.html

    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.

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    South Korea is putting serious $$$ into their moon ambitions.

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...2900316_1.html

    The science ministry on Sunday said it has also agreed with relevant ministries to allocate 200 billion won for the next three years to launch its first lunar exploration, The Korea Herald reported.

    Starting this year, the project will focus on developing a robotic orbiter designed to circle the moon and a ground station to process data to be transmitted from space.

    The three-year project is the first phase of the nation's space program aimed at sending a landing vessel to the moon by 2020.

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    More details of South Korea's space ambitions. If they succeed with their moon plans, they are eyeing Mars for 2027.

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    Now we have a date for when South Korea will launch its moon mission. This information is thanks to an article on America's contribution to that mission.

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-se...-lunar-orbiter

    "NASA has selected an instrument developed by investigators at Arizona State University and Malin Space Science Systems as a U.S. contribution to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s (KARI) first lunar exploration mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). ShadowCam will address Strategic Knowledge Gaps, or lack of information required to reduce risk, increase effectiveness, and improve the designs of future human and robotic missions. ShadowCam joins four KARI-developed instruments on KPLO.

    KARI, headquartered in Daejeon, South Korea, provided NASA with about 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of payload mass aboard the KPLO, which is scheduled to launch into lunar orbit in December 2018. In September 2016, NASA issued a solicitation seeking science instruments that could increase our understanding of the distribution of volatiles, such as water, including the movement of such resources toward permanently shadowed regions and how they become trapped there."

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    The mission has been delayed to December 2020.


    http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news...newsidx=234538

    "Korea postponed the launch of its lunar orbiter to 2020 instead of next year, according to the government, Thursday.

    The Ministry of Science and ICT said it held a national space development committee meeting a day earlier and decided to give the lunar orbiter development project two more years.

    The ministry has conducted a thorough inspection on the progress, risk, and schedule of the orbiter development project earlier this year and concluded that it will be difficult to complete the project by 2018 as originally planned."
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