The launch scene of the Nuri, which succeeded in the second launch on June 21. Provided by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
Hanwha Aerospace was selected as a private company to receive the technology transfer of the Korean Nuri launch vehicle.
The Ministry of Science and ICT announced on the 7th that it held the 43rd Space Development Promotion Executive Committee in the conference room of the Science and Technology Advisory Council and discussed the ‘result of the choice of preferred bidders for Korea’s comprehensive launch vehicle system. ‘.
Hanwha Aerospace, selected as a comprehensive system company, will receive all the core technologies for the Nuri. This is a plan to cultivate a Korean-style Space X by using the case of NASA transferring space technology to the American space company Space X and growing it into a world-leading company.
From July 19 to August 30, the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute held a bid notice through the Nara Market of the National Electronic Procurement System. As a result, Hanwha Aerospace and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) participated in the bid. To select a preferred bidder, 90% technology capability evaluation and 10% bid price evaluation were performed on the bidding companies.
The technical competence evaluation was conducted from September 22-24 under the supervision of the Korea National Research Institute. The Ministry of Science and ICT held a space launch vehicle project promotion committee on the morning of the 7th to review the results of the technology capability evaluation, and the space development promotion working level committee reviewed and discussed the overall system selection process of Hanwha Aerospace, which was highly rated by adding the price scores, confirmed him as the preferred bidder.
Hanwha Aerospace will discuss work details and technology transfer with the airline within 30 days and conclude the contract in November. After the final confirmation, he will participate in the preparation and launch work for the third launch of the Nuri ship scheduled for the first half of next year.
Hanwha Aerospace will also participate in the development of next-generation launch vehicles. The next generation launch vehicle responds to the demand for space exploration, including the lunar lander planned for launch in 2031, which is difficult to launch with the Nuri, and the launch of large satellites. The input performance of the lunar orbit is expected to be 1.8 tons, and the thrust of the engine in the first stage is expected to combine five engines of 100 tons or more. On the same day, the Space Development Promotion Working Group also discussed the agenda ‘Repeat launch plan for Korean launch vehicle and plan to develop a next generation launch vehicle’, which includes such content.
In the third launch of Nuri, scheduled for the first half of next year, it was decided to load four micro-satellites, ‘Toyosat’ developed by the Korea Institute of Astronomy and Space Science. The Toyosat was due to launch later this year using a Russian launcher, but was canceled due to the war. During the third launch of the Nuri spacecraft, one satellite each from private space companies Lumir, Justek, and Cairo Space will be carried. The 4th launch will include a next-generation medium size satellite No. 3, a cube satellite for checking parts for domestic industries, and a satellite selected from the cube satellite competition.
An agenda for ‘revision of the space industry cluster promotion plan’ and ‘Korea satellite navigation system (KPS) development project in 2022’ were also discussed. The amendment to the space industry cluster promotion plan included the designation of additional human resource research and development areas as well as the launch areas specializing in vehicles and specialist satellite areas announced in July. Finally, it is designated through the discussion of the National Space Commission. The agenda associated with KPS reflects key promotions such as the plan to select R&D service providers in major areas to establish the basic direction for KPS R&D in 2022 and to seriously promote R&D with industries.
Chief Vice Minister of Science and ICT Oh Tae-seok said, “Since the institutional basis for the promotion of the private space industry, such as the designation of a space industry cluster, has been laid through the amendment to the Space Development Promotion Act , will come. effective at the end of this year, we will promptly prepare enforcement ordinances in accordance with law enforcement and provide necessary assistance in a timely manner. “We will listen closely to the opinion of the space industry so that effective support measures for the space industry will be prepared for the 4th Basic Space Development Promotion Plan to be established at the end of the year.”