Naro Space Center
The Naro Space Center is on 5 million square meters of reclaimed land on Naro Island in Goheung County, South Jeolla, about 485 kilometers south of Seoul. The spaceport, under the management of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, includes a launch pad, a control building, rocket assembly and test facilities, facilities for satellite control testing and assembly, electric power station, a space science museum and a landing field.
The construction of the Korea Space Center began in August 2003 with a budget of 315.5 billion won.As of November 2008, the Naro Space Center had already completed construction of the launch pad, the main control center, radar tracking stations and other facilities. Engineers were conducting autonomous tests of the facilities which were expected to be completed by the year's end. The first launch was originally planned for December 2008 but was postponed till 2Q, 2009. Once the facility becomes fully operational, Korea will be able to achieve its goal of building a satellite and rocket with local technology and launching it into space from its own launch center.
The space center will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as a launch complex including storage and supply facilities for liquid propellants, an assembly complex, tracking and controlling facilities, a ground test facility and other facilities. Also operating a visitor center, the space center will play host to thousands of guests from all over the country, telling the story of Korea' past, present and future challenges regarding space. By providing all these facilities and this infrastructure, the space center will play a central role in Korea's space development.
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