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The Korea Space Forum (KSF) is the first space conference in Northeast Asia to focus fully on the new space industry, which is the new space development trend by private sector, and the economic opportunities of the space, along with the traditional space development industry. It is to be hosted by Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, Donga Science – A media company specializing in science and Korea Aerospace Research Institute. The 2019 KSF will discuss how to overcome current barriers in launch, remote exploration, space-based economics, investment and communications under the theme of ‘Open Space Era, From Idea to Reality.’ Conference sessions and networking opportunities will give participants a chance to meet with experts from various markets who are shaping and driving the new space industry and learn new perspectives to be applied to the space.



The Ministry of Science and ICT was established to oversee, coordinate, and evaluate the establishment of Korea’s science and technology policies and promote R&D in the field of science and technology. The Ministry also aims to help promote international cooperation in science and technology, foster future human resources, and establish and support R&D directions in space and nuclear power. In addition, it takes charge of convergence, promotion, radio wave management, and promotion of the information technology industry, along with the country’s informatization, cyber security and spread of information culture.


The Korea Aerospace Research Institute is an aerospace research institute established for national development through the development of aerospace science and technology. With this year marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment, it has localized the Arirang, a multipurpose practical satellite, which is a world-class earth observation satellite, and the Chollian, a combined geostationary satellite, and successfully developed the Naro, a small satellite rocket, and is currently developing the Nuri, a Korean style launch vehicle in 2021. In the aviation field, it developed the civil-military core components for the development of domestic helicopters and the world’s first tilt-rotor drone capable of vertical take-off and landing and high-speed flight.

Space Technology is already being used invarious ways in our daily lives. Space technology is now a growth engine that will open the future of mankind and the necessary technology for human survival. It can combine the achievements of many industries such as automobiles, shipbuilding, electronics, semiconductors, and heavy chemicals into the space industry. The space industry can be a clear driving force for the nation’s next-generation industry.

As KASP has grown into a space organization that will perform functions such as policy research, industrial survey, and government-commissioned projects, we have established it to secure international competitiveness in the space industry through the development of core technologies essential for strengthening basic space research and securing independent space development capabilities.

KASP will reflect the changes in the environment at home and abroad and present to the government the plans and visions of space development in the industry based on choice and concentration. We are working together to promote domestic and foreign investment through the establishment of a close cooperation system between member companies and active participation.

Donga Science is Korea’s first media company specializing in science and technology as a subsidiary of Donga Media Group. Science Donga, Korea’s only science culture magazine with 33 years of history since its inception in 1986, and Children’s Science Donga, a children’s science magazine, which has been loved a lot. It produces Mathematics Donga, the first math magazine in Korea, Dong-A Ilbo’s Science Page, and runs online science news. In addition, it provides various scientific contents encompassing youths and the general public, including science and culture projects and observatory.


The Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies, Korea Industrial Technology Association, Korea Aerospace Industries Association, Korea Astronomy & Space Science Institute (KASI), U.S. Embassy in Korea, The Korean Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, The Korea Society of Global Air and Space Industry



Time Contents
09:00~09:20 Registration
Keynote Speech 1
How SpaceX Became the Dream Factory to Rocket Engineers
10:00~10:20 Opening Address(Minister, the Ministry of Science and ICT)
Welcome Address(President, Korea Association for Space Technology Promotion)
Congratulatory Address(President, KARI)
Keynote Speech 2
Potential Threats to Free and Peaceful Space Activity
10:50~11:00 Coffee Break
Session 1
11:00~11:30 New International Order for the Open Space Age
What does EU do to protect space environment and sustain space activity?
11:30~12:00 Frank Rose. Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution(Served as Assistant Secretary of State in Obama Administration)
12:00~13:30 Networking Lunch
Afternoon Keynote Speech
Why Does International Organization Invest in Space Technology?
Session 2
13:50~14:10 Space Industry Development Strategy of Emerging Countries in Space Field
From Launch Service to Satellite Manufacturing Powerhouse
14:10~14:30 New Opportunities the Kingdom of Oil Look for in Space
14:30~14:50 Network of Experts and Future Generations for Peaceful Space Development
14:50~15:10 Australia’s Space Development (Specific topic is will be determined)
15:10~15:30 Korea’s Satellite Development(Specific topic is will be determined)
Round Table
Newly Emerging Space Agencies, For New Space Cooperation Model
16:00~16:10 Coffee Break
Session 3
16:10~16:30 Space Exploration Going Together
Why Does United States Go Back to the Moon
16:30~16:50 The Scientific, Industrial and Social Values of Space Exploration
16:50~17:10 New Space and Planet Exploration
17:10~17:30 Korea’s Lunar Exploration and international cooperation
Round Table
Partners to the Unknown World-International Cooperation Model for Space Exploration
Time Contents
09:00~09:15 Greeting (President, Korea Association for Space Technology Promotion and CEO of DongaScience)
Keynote Speech
Discover the Business Model in the New Aerospace Era
Session 1
New Space Revolution Opened by a Small Launch Vehicle
Session 2
How Should We Shape the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Framework?
10:40~11:00 Coffee Break
Session 3
Wind of Change into Aerospace Industry, Space Development with Startups
Session 4
Investment Prospects for the LEO Economy and Luna Economic Era
Lunch & Quickfire
Presenting Ideas of Korea’s Promising Space Startup and Prospective Entrepreneurs
Nara Space Technology
Diagnosis of Space Startup Ecosystem
Presentation 1
Disruptive Space Technology Changing Industrial Prospect Paradigm
Scan the Earth in Real Time; Satellite Constellation and Big Data
Space Internet that Connects the World as One
Artificial Intelligence Gives Wings to Space Technology
(Open Talk) Vacuum Chamber and Space Parts Testing Center as a Space Startup Platform
15:20~15:30 Coffee Break
Presentation 2
Rediscovery of Korean Space Technology
(Session 1) Dreaming of Korea’s First Private Space Total Service Company
(Session 2) 5G and Satellite Communication Connect the World
(Session 3) What Value Does Satellite Imaging Service Offer
Presentation 3
Space Exploration in the Newspace Era
300 companies that Sponsor the Great Exploration of Hayabusa 2
What Opportunities Does the Commercial Moon Deployment Service (CLPS) Give to Space Companies?
Closing Keynote Speech
What Opportunities will the U.S. Space Procurement Business Offer to Private Companies Worldwide?

2019 KOREA SPACE FORUM Program Committees and Programmers

Ju-jin Lee
(Former President, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, President, Science and Technology Policy Research Society)

Seung-jo Kim
(Former Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University)

Tae-sik Lee
(Former Korea Institute of Construction Technology, Professor, Hanyang University)

Cheol-ho Yim
(President, Korea Aerospace Research Institute)

Yoon-hee Kim
(Representative of the Luxembourg Representative in Korea)

Nak-hyun Cho
(Ministry of Science and ICT, Public Policy Director)

Guang-hyuk Ju
(Senior Researcher, Korea Aerospace Research Institute)

Kyu-su Lee
(Director of Culture and Public Relations, Korea Aerospace Research Institute)

Hyung-jun Ahn
(Research Fellow, Science and Technology Policy Institute)

Chan-jae Yong
(Ministry of Science and ICT, Public Policy Officer)

Jae-pil Park
(CEO, Nara Space Technology)


What is NewSpace?

NewSpace is a global industry of private companies and entrepreneurs who primarily target commercial customers, are backed by risk capital seeking a return, and seek to profit from innovative products or services developed in or for space.
-NewSpace Global (, NewSpace, entrepreneurial space, and other labels have been used to describe approaches to space development that different significantly from that taken by NASA and the mainstream aerospace industry.
-Hobby Space (

People, businesses and organizations working to open the space frontier to human settlement through economic development.
-Space Frontier Foundation (

What is Space 4.0?

Space 4.0 is new space, more relaxed, fascinating and comprehensive. Space 4.0 can be used as a tool to tackle global challenges such as climate change, demographic development, migration, shortage of resources, conflicts and catastrophes, energy, digital divide, health and curiosity.

Space 4.0 will be the driver for contemporary technologies in automation, miniaturisation, advanced manufacturing, machine to machine/human interaction, connectivity, big data, biotechnology and more. It stimulates the interaction of different sectors with spin-in, spin-off and spin-together.

Space 4.0 marks a new era; in which space is an enabler. It enables knowledge, jobs and growth, decision and policymaking, inspiring and motivating the next generations.
-Jan Worner, Director General of the ESA (The Parliament)