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Naro Space Center

  • It is Korea’s first space center located in Bongrae-myeon, Goheung-gun, Jeollanam Province. Construction commenced in 2003 after the announcement of its location in 2001 and was completed in 2009 according to the Long-term Master Plan for National Space Development.

    The Naro Space Center features state-of-the-art facilities such as launch pad system, launch vehicle assembly building, solid fuel motor building, launch control building, and meteorological observatory. Moreover, it has tracking radar and telemetry system to receive the flight data of space launch vehicles.

    • Location490, Haban-ro, Bongnae-myeon, Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
    • Size5,374,694㎡ (Facility: 506,570㎡)
    • FacilitiesLaunch complex, assembly testing facility, launch control building, tracking radar, ground observation station
  • 01Propulsion Engine Test Facility

    Since the successful launch of Naro in 2013, the Naro Space Center has added the combustion chamber test facility, real-propellant turbo pump test facility, engine ground/high-altitude combustion test facility, and propulsion system test facility. Before, Republic of Korea could not develop engines since there was no large testing facility for high-thrust engines, but the construction of the propulsion engine test facilities has enabled the testing of launch vehicle engines and propulsion sustems.

    Test Facilities

    • ① Real-propellant Turbo Pump Test Facility: A test facility to verify the performance of the actual turbo pump for 7-ton and 75-ton engines
    • ② Combustion Chamber Test Facility: A pressurized combustion test facility to verify the performance of the burner as one of the engine components
    • ③ Stage3 Engine Test Facility: A facility to test the combustion of (small) Stage 3 engines in ground and high-altitude conditions
    • ④ Ground Engine Test Facility: A facility to test the combustion of engines in ground condition (for Stage 1)
    • ⑤ Altutude Engine Test Facility: A facility to test the combustion of engines under high-altitude condition (for Stage 2)
    • ⑥ Propulsion System Test Facility: A facility for water tests and combustion tests to verify the performance of liquid propulsion engine systems
    • ⑦ Turbo pump large simulated test facility: A facility to test a 75-ton turbo pump with simulated materials
    • ⑧ Turbo pump small simulated test facility: A facility to test a 7-ton turbo pump with simulated materials
    • ⑨ Propulsion Unit Test Facility: A test facility to develop and certify various parts of the launch vehicle propulsion engine
    • ⑩ Engine assembly/function test facility: A facility to assemble the 75-ton stage 1 and stage 2 engine and a 7-ton stage 3 engine and to perform the functional and airtight test
  • 02Second Launch Pad

    The second launch pad is under construction with Korean technologies to launch the Korean Space Launch Vehicle (Nuri). It applies new technologies such as launch vehicle holding device (VHD), Umbillical (UMB), and service tower, which are not available to the first launch pad that launched Naro.

  • 03Jeju Tracking Station

    The Jeju Tracking Station has a tracking system to track the space launch vehicle stably. Located in Pyoseon-myeon, Seoguipo-si on Jeju Island, it is equipped with a tracking radar set and two telemetry sets to continuously track and receive data from space launch vehicle launched from the Naro Space Center. It also tracks the space launch vehicles launched from other countries as part of international cooperation. It has an agreement with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) of France to track the Soyuz and Vega launch vehicles in the northeast flight section after their launch from the Kourou Launch Station in South America and receive the remote data.

  • 04Palau Tracking Station

    The Palau Tracking Station acquires flight data for the stage 3 combustion segment and receives the satellite separation signal after the launch of the Korean Space Launch Vehicle (Nuri). It will be equipped with a portable system operated only for the launch mission to minimize operational and maintenance costs. Its construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2019.

  • 05Space Science Hall

    The Space Science Hall of the Naro Space Center is the exhibition hall with the basic principles of space, rockets, satellites, and space exploration themes. It exhibits a total of 90 types of structures including 32 experimental articles. Visitors can learn and experience space science through the permanent exhibition hall, special exhibition hall, 3D stereoscopic multimedia hall, 4D dome multimedia hall, and outdoor exhibition hall.

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