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Outcome of R&D Investment

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has contributed to the development of core aerospace technologies and the improvement of national competitiveness by investing in R&D over three decades. The KARI will continue to contribute to the development of the national economy and the improvement of the quality of life for people by developing world-class aerospace science and technology.

Invested budget and personnel change over three decades

Budget

(unit:million won)

Personnel

(unit:person)

Successful implementation of large-scale national R&D projects

The KARI has met various domestic public demands and enhanced domestic aerospace technology at a global level, by successfully implementing large-scale national R&D projects in the field of aviation, satellite and launch vehicle over the past 30 years.

Year 1990’s 2000’s 2010’s
Aviation Wizard (1992),
Twin-engine composite material aircraft (1997)
Firefly (2002),
Medium class aerostat (2009)
Smart unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (2012),
localization of Korean helicopter program components (2012),
Solar-Electric Powered High Altitude Long Endurance UAV (2015)
satellite Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite - 1 (1999) Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite - 2 (2006) Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite - 3 (2012),
5 (2013), 3A (2015),
Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite - 1 (2010),
GEO-Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite - 2A (2018)
launch vehicle Sounding rocket KSR-I (1993),
KSR-II (1997)
Sounding rocket KSR-III ('02) Naro (KSLV-I) (2013),
Nuri test launch vehicle (KSLV-II TLV) (2018)

Scientific and technological achievements

  • Papers and academic presentation

    A total of 19,761 cases Accounting for about 9% of the entire domestic aerospace papers and academic presentations.

  • Patent and intellectual property

    A total of 5,802 cases Accounting for about 54% of the entire domestic aerospace patents and intellectual properties.

  • Technology transfer

    Recorded 20.3% of technology transfer impact on the increase of 390 million won annual revenue per enterprise on average. Results of a survey on the companies get technology transfer by KARI.

  • Infrastructure construction

    29 infrastructures Increased external utilization rate of the constructed infrastructures (27.1% → 75.5%)
    * Applicable for the satellite and aviation sector only.

  • Technology level improvement

    Increased by about 47.1%p early 1999, compared to the U.S. (100)

Effect of contribution to economic growth and ripple effect on the industry

Effect of contribution to economic growth

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute estimated the effect of the investment in R&D over 30 years on economic growth to be 18,776.1 billion won (1.48% of economic growth).

Ripple effect on the industry
Production inducement effect Value-added inducement effect Employment creation effect
7,950.6 billion won 4,506.1 billion won 61,961 persons

* Based on the domestic input costs (excluding indirect costs) from 1990 to 2017. The small category base coefficient of the inter-industry relations table, Bank of Korea, is applied. Current values were calculated using the GDP deflator of the Bank of Korea's economic statistics system.

Creating and activating the aerospace industry ecosystem

Number of cooperating organizations

The number of institutions participating in R&D activity coorperation with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute over the last 30 years increased about 52 times in the last three years (2015 ~ 2017) compared to the early 1990’s.

* Results of analyzing the internal data of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (project cooperation and ordering, joint research data, etc.)

Re-investment of R&D budget to external players (from KARI)

The R&D budget of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute contributing to vitalization of aerospace industry ecosystem through re-investment such as prototype production, technology introduction, and outsourcing/joint research.

1990’s 2010’s
7,337 million won 1,497,441 million won
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