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The Lunar exploration project is to develop the first lunar probe in Korea and secure the necessary basic technology for lunar exploration, such as an orbiter, a landing module, science payload, and deep space communication.
The development of the Pathfinder lunar obiter will be carried out based on international collaboration, securing core technology for space exploration, establishing a deep space telecommunication network, and developing technology payload in 1st phase.
In the following second phase led by Korea, the unmanned lunar obiter and lunar lander will be developed and launched as a Korean launch vehicle.
The Pathfinder lunar obiter is equipped with five payloads developed in Korea and one payload to be developed by NASA in the United States.
The test lunar probe will be equipped with a 5m high-resolution camera, a wide-field polarized camera, a magnetic field sensor, a gamma ray sensor, and space internet test equipment to be developed in Korea.
Korea has accumulated around 70% of the key technologies needed for lunar exploration through the previous earth-orbiting artificial satellite technologies. KARI and NASA have signed on “Implementing Arrangement between NASA and KARI for cooperation on the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) mission” in December 2016.
In technical cooperation with NASA, it will be equipped with a NASA's payload for precise shooting of the moon's permanent shadow area onto the test orbiter, and NASA’s technical support on mission design, deep space communications, and navigation technologies. The technical cooperation with NASA, a pioneer in space exploration, is exp
significantly increase the possibility of successful lunar exploration.
The Korean Lunar Exploration Program will be a cornerstone for securing the core technologies needed for space exploration as soon as possible, and making it a space power by further upgrading Korea's fast-growing space technology.