Naro Space Center

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Naro Space Center
Agency overview
FormedJune 11, 2009 (2009-06-11)
JurisdictionSouth Korean government
HeadquartersNaro Space Center : Outer Naro Island, Goheung County, Jeollanam-do
34°25′54.72″N 127°32′6.25″E / 34.4318667°N 127.5350694°E / 34.4318667; 127.5350694
Employees829 (2011)
Annual budget298 billion ≈ US$255 million (2011)
Agency executives
  • Seung Jo Kim (김승조), director
  • Cheol Ho Lim (임철호), deputy director
  • Dong Hoon Chung (정동훈), chief auditor
Parent departmentMinistry of Science and ICT
Parent agencyKARI
WebsiteNaro Space Center (KARI, KSLV-1) Naro Space Center (KARI)
Naro Space Center
Revised RomanizationNaro Uju Senteo
McCune–ReischauerNaro Uju Sentŏ

Naro Space Center is a South Korean spaceport in South Jeolla's Goheung County, operated by the state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute.

The spaceport is located about 485 km (300 mi) south of Seoul.[1] It includes a launch pad, a control tower, rocket assembly and test facilities, facilities for satellite control testing and assembly, a media center, an electric power station, a space experience hall and a landing field.[2][3]

The first launch, initially planned for 19 August 2009, was performed on 25 August 2009 using a Russo-South Korean Naro-1 rocket, but failed to reach the desired orbit. Another rocket launch from Naro was planned for May 2010, but delays pushed the launch to June. On June 10, 2010, this second attempt also ended in failure when the rocket lost communications 137 seconds after launch. The South Korean science minister Ahn Byung-man later told reporters that the rocket was believed to have exploded. A third attempt was made on January 30th 2013 and finally succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit.

South Korea's next rocket, the KSLV-2 is also scheduled to be launched from Naro in 2019.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Software glitch halts rocket launch - Yonhap News Agency
  2. ^ South Korea Begins Construction Of New Space Center – Korean Information Service, SpaceDaily, August 12, 2003
  3. ^ "Korea to enter space race in 2008",, Ro Ji-woong Staff Writer, 03 January, 2008, accessed October 28, 2008

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Coordinates: 34°25′55″N 127°32′06″E / 34.431867°N 127.535069°E / 34.431867; 127.535069