Charting a path toward a sustainable ROK space program
Jang, Jung Hun
Moltz, James Clay
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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.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimitedReissued 13 Feb 2017 with change to degree.
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