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Incheon to work with Inha University and develop core space technology

The Incheon MetropolitanCity Government, in partnership with Inha University, will train experts in thefuture space industry who can play a leading role in the space industry goingforward, promote space exploration, and take on core space technologydevelopment projects that could be utilized in expeditions to the moon insearch of space resources.

On July 25, Incheon hostedan opening ceremony for the “Future Space Exploration and Space ResourceUtilization Technology Research Center” at the Institute for AerospaceIndustry-Academia Collaboration (IIACI). Officials from 24 industry, academia,research, and government institutes participating in the consortium for theResearch Center attended the event.

The opening ceremony wasfollowed by a brief introduction of the Research Center, and a workshop on howR&D and training will proceed. During the workshop, research personnel fromvarious industry, academia, and research institutions that will participate inthe Research Center’s operations shared research initiatives expected to becarried out over the next five years.

Meanwhile, for the FutureSpace Exploration and Space Resource Utilization Technology Research Centerproject, a new industry, academia, and research consortium was established topropose the Research Center for the “Future Space Education Center Project”promoted and approved by the Ministry of Science and ICT on April 11.

In particular, the FutureSpace Exploration and Space Resource Utilization Technology Research Centerwill provide practical research and training in the field of space explorationand space resource utilization. To do so, a total of 23 local organizations andcompanies, including industry, academia, and research institutions based inIncheon (Inha University, Incheon National University, State University of NewYork, Korea Polar Research Institute of Marine Research Placement, KoreaInstitute of Industrial Technology, and Dawin Friction) will participate in theproject.

The Research Center plansto research and develop world-class core space technologies such as autonomousprecision celestial navigation technology required for lunar exploration, lunarrovers designed to mine water resources on the moon, and electrolytic thrustersto recover the mined resources.



▲ The Incheon MetropolitanCity Government, in partnership with Inha University, will train experts in thefuture space industry who can play a leading role in the space industry goingforward, promote space exploration, and take on core space technologydevelopment projects that could be utilized in expeditions to the moon insearch of space resources. Image from the opening ceremony.

Aside from developing coretechnologies in the future space industry, the Research Center plans to train atotal of 225 (45 per year) core professionals at the master's and doctorallevel with programs tailored to specific “tracks” as well as practical fieldtraining, and international collaboration programs related to spacedevelopment.

Overall, this ResearchCenter project will require a total of KRW 11.8 billion in investment until2026, including KRW 5 billion from the government, KRW 5 billion from municipalfunds (Incheon), and other subsidies from participating corporations, theIIACI, and Inha University.

The Incheon MetropolitanCity Government expects this Research Center project to make significantcontributions to the advancement and diversification of its local industriallandscape by producing leading space experts in Korea, and by helping convergethe aviation and space industries.


 

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