Korea to Turn Island into Space Station

      June 22, 2022 10:41

      The island housing the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province will be developed into the heart of Korea's space program, modeled after Merritt Island in the U.S., which is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

      The provincial government said Tuesday that it will turn the entire 26.46 sq.km island of Oenaro into a space center by investing W800 billion by 2031 to build research centers, a test facility and other sites (US$1=W1,294). 

      Researchers react after the successful launch of Korea's first homegrown space rocket Nuri at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /News1

      Some 306,000 sq.m near the Naro Space Center will be developed by 2024 to house space rocket and components manufacturers and a support center. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute will set up its rocket headquarters there as well as a civilian rocket engine testing facility.

      The space center, which was completed in 2009, has two launch pads, and another three, smaller pads will be built over the next nine years. The provincial government also hopes to develop tourism packages for visitors.

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