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Charting a path toward a sustainable ROK space program

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Authors
Jang, Jung Hun
Subjects
ROK space programs
space sustainability
catch up strategy
latecomer
Space Technology Ladder
space policy
space R&D investment
space human resources
ROK automobile industry
ROK semiconductor industry
Israeli space program
Australian space activity
Advisors
Moltz, James Clay
Date of Issue
2016-12
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Dec-16
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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This thesis seeks to trace the origins and initial Republic of Korea (ROK) strategy in space policy and to analyze the prospects and challenges of building effective and sustainable civil, commercial, and military space capabilities. To better understand the factors involved in developing a sustainable ROK space program, two sets of comparative case studies, both internal and external cases, are examined. The internal case studies consist of the ROK automobile and semiconductor industries, and the external case studies are of Israel's and Australia's space programs. The ROK space program exhibits considerable differences from the internal and external case studies in terms of policy direction, R&D investment, and human resources. Based on these findings, this thesis derives several conclusions. In order to take a path toward a sustainable space program, the ROK should redefine national needs and aspirations for its space activities; plan to expand private investment, especially in space R&D; invest in the space sector with a long-term vision; and continue to strengthen ties with international partners, especially its main ally, the United States.
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Reissued 13 Feb 2017 with change to degree.
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