Korea Aerospace Research Institute
|Established||October 10, 1989|
|Headquarters||169 - 84 Gwahak-ro,
|Primary spaceport||Naro Space Center|
|Motto||Aerius Spatium |
|Administrator||Kim seung jo (김승조)|
|Budget||KRW 348 billion (FY 2007)
USD 366 million
Seal of KARI
|Korea Aerospace Research Institute|
|Revised Romanization||Han-guk Hanggong Uju Yeon-guwon|
|McCune–Reischauer||Han'guk Hanggong Uju Yǒn'guwǒn|
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is the aeronautics and space agency of South Korea. Its main laboratories are located in Daejeon, in the Daedeok Science Town. Current projects include the KSLV-2 launcher. Past projects include the 1999 Arirang-1 satellite. The agency was founded in 1989. Prior to South Korea's entry into the IAE in 1992, it focused primarily on aerospace technology.
KARI began in 1990 to develop its own rockets. It produced the KSR-I and KSR-II, one and two-stage rockets in the early 1990s.
KARI had a 2003 budget of 156.4 billion won ($150 million USD).
Current launch capability development
South Korea decided to speed up development by joining with Russia, and cooperation began in 2004. KARI is now developing the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (also known as Naro), whose first-stage is based on the Angara rocket. First launch of the KSLV is expected in 2009. Russia is also helping to build the Naro Space Center, a spaceport in Goheung County.
A deal was also struck on October 24, 2005 to send a Korean into space aboard a Russian Soyuz spaceflight. Through the Korean Astronaut Program, Russia has trained two South Koreans and has sent one (Yi So-yeon) to the International Space Station in 2008.
Under the new South Korea administration, the government has set a goal to launch its indigenous rocket (KSLV-2) by 2019 and land a lunar rover on moon by 2020.
KARI is also developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, high-altitude airships, and a next-generation multi-purpose helicopter project. In addition, several satellites, including the KOMPSAT (also known as Arirang) Seriese, the COMS (Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite), and the STSAT (Science and Technology Satellite), are developed, operated, or under development by KARI. On January 30, 2013, they launched a satellite into space from their own soil for the first time.
Under the new administration, South Korea is trying to launch its next rocket by year 2019. The first stage of its rocket will have 4 clustered engines, each of which will have a 75 metric ton thrust. It was announced that KARI has already developed few prototypes of a 75 metric ton thrust engine.
Smart Tilt Rotor UAV
In late 2011, KARI unveiled it tiltrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that can fly at around 400 km/hr. This was the world's first tilt rotor UAV to have been developed.
- Naro Space Center
- Korean Astronaut Program
- List of aircraft manufacturers
- List of Korea-related topics
- Government of South Korea
- Latin for "Aerospace" 
- "South Korea launches rocket weeks after NKorea". The San Diego Union-Tribune. January 30, 2013. Retrieved 20130201.
- KARI official website (Korean / English)
- South Korean space projects from Encyclopedia Astronautica