Astronomical Research Institute, Astronautical Research Institute, National Institute of Science and Technology, Asteroid Space Exploration ‘Hands-on’ | yunhap news

Apophis Exploration Progress Plan

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(Daejeon = Yonhap News) Reporter Jun-ho Kim = The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, and Defense Science Research Institute will join hands to explore asteroids for the first time in Korea.

According to the Astronomical Institute on the 24th, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in research and development of near-Earth astronomical exploration and development was signed with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology on the 11th of last month and the National Institute of Science and Technology on the 28th, respectively.

The three organizations plan to cooperate for the development of space exploration, such as the exploration of the asteroid Apophis, which approaches 31,600 km from Earth on April 14, 2029 (based on Korean time), and to revitalize the space industry.

The agreement contains the contents of near-Earth astronomical exploration research, mission design, R&D, and commercialization for near-Earth astronomical exploration, space launch vehicle research and development for near-Earth astronomical exploration, and joint use of related technologies and equipment.

Park Young-deuk, director of the Astronomical Institute, said, “The Apophis Exploration is the best opportunity to independently conduct deep space navigation and asteroid exploration by synthesizing our space technology capabilities accumulated over the years, such as the development of a Korean launch vehicle and an international cooperation-based lunar orbiter.”

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