Let the Freest Rocket Win

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Even if the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) could manage to launch the Naro I (KSLV-I), does it really matter? It seems all so 1950s.

The part-Russian, part Korean rocket is a result of a 502.5 billion won ($418 million) investment. Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, which is providing the core technologies for the Korean rocket project, designed and developed the KSLV-I first-stage, which holds the rocket engine and liquid-fuel propulsion system.

Even if the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) could manage to launch the Naro I (KSLV-I), does it really matter? It seems all so 1950s.

The part-Russian, part Korean rocket is a result of a 502.5 billion won ($418 million) investment. Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, which is providing the core technologies for the Korean rocket project, designed and developed the KSLV-I first-stage, which holds the rocket engine and liquid-fuel propulsion system.

Why? SpaceX launched Falcon 9. There’s a state vs. market battle going on. And, it seems both the North and South Koreans are on the wrong side of the fight.

But, more worryingly, has anyone noticed that the Russians might be helping the North Koreans, too?

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Filed under: Business/Economy, Florida, Korea, Russia, Social Science, Space, USA Tagged: dprk, falcon 9, kslv-1scud, missiles, naro-1, rok, spacex



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