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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.

As the national research institute for astronomy since 1974, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute has conducted research activities, in particular, by developing, establishing, and operating medium- and large sized observational facilities and instruments and has laid the foundation for the advances of science. Solidifying scientific capabilities in terms of research and telescopes, KASI works toward a higher level of research cooperation via a global network. We support research groups for a long-term period of more than 10 years so that they can focus on performing creative and challenging research activities. This can provide an optimal environment and basis for original and demanding research in each field.

We will facilitate active communication, one of the basic conditions underlying successful research activities, and strengthen viable and reciprocal cooperation with research groups and institutes. As a result, we hope to achieve truly essential innovation in research.

KASI will give the research resources back to society in return for their support and interest in our scientific activities through our public outreach programs such as frequent astronomical workshops at various educational levels, training projects for school teachers, and programs for students, the potential researchers of the future. We will strive to broaden the horizon of knowledge about the universe and enhance the domestic and international stature of KASI, providing fundamental research resources accumulated steadily throughout the 40 year history of KASI and becoming acknowledged in the history of astronomy. We invite you to join us as we fulfill this dream.

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.



Time Event Contents
10:00∼10:10 Opening Opening Address(Choi Kiyoung, Minister, Ministry of Science and ICT)
Welcome Address(Cheol-Ho Lim, President, KARI)
10:10∼10:50 Keynote Speech 1 Why do rocket companies dream of going beyond the earth? Talk with Thomas Mueller
Thomas Mueller. Senior Advisor, Starburst(ex-CTO, SpaceX)
Session 1 The Search for a New International Order in Space
10:50∼11:10 What is the European Union doing for the Protection of the Space Environment and Sustainable Space Activities?
Christophe Besse, Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea
11:10∼11:30 U.S. National Security Space Policy U.S embassy to the Republic of Korea
Prof. Yoo Joonkoo, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
11:30∼11:50 The changing Dynamics of Space Competition in the Age of the US-China Strategic Competition
Prof. Lee Seung Joo, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Chung-Ang University
11:50∼13:00 Break Time Break Time
13:00∼13:20 Keynote Speech 2 Space Exploration through Science
Jim Green, Chief Scientist, NASA HQ
Session 2 Explore together in Space
13:20∼13:40 NASA’s Artemis Program for Returning to the Moon
Mark Kirasich, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), NASA
13:40∼14:00 Global space Exploration Roadmap Update and Canada’s Space Exploration Strategy
Dr.Christian Lange, Chair, International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) / Head (acting), Exploration Strategic Planning, Space Exploration, CSA
14:00∼14:10 Break time
14:10∼14:30 Korea’s First Lunar Exploration Mission – KPLO
Dr.Sang Ryool Lee, Director of Lunar Exploration Program Office, KARI
14:30∼14:50 The Role of Korea in CLPS
Dr.Young Jun Choi, Executive Director of Space Science Directorate , KASI
14:50∼15:00 Q&A
15:00∼15:20 The Scientific, Industrial, and Social Values of the Space Exploration
Dr. David Parker, Director, Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA
15:20∼15:40 50 years of exploration of Mars : What we learned and what’s next?
Prof. Paulo de Souza, Head of school of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University
15:40∼15:50 Break time Break time
15:50∼16:10 Session 3 Opportunities for Australia in space
Dr. Megan Clark AC, Head of Australian Space Agency
16:10∼16:30 Earth Remote Sensing Space System of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Space monitoring
Alzhan Braliyev, Director for Business and Strategy Development, JSC KGS
16:30∼16:50 Conceptual framework for the development of the space industry in the Republic of Uzbekistan
Shuhrat Kadirov , Acting CEO, The Space Research and Technology Agency
16:50∼17:10 Slovakia’s Space Ecosystem Development and the Cooperation with ESA
Dominik Susa, Deputy CEO Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency
17:10∼17:30 Australia’s approach to Space after the 2020 Defence Strategic Update
Dr. Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst in Defense Strategy and Capability, ASPI
Time Event Contents
09:00∼09:15 Opening Congratulatory Address
(Song Kyungmin, President, Korea Association for Space Technology Promotion / Kyoung-ae Jang CEO, Donga Science / Lee, Hyung Mok, President, Korea Astronomy and Space Institute)
09:15∼09:50 Keynote Speech 1 The Wind of Change Blowing in Newspace After the Pandemic
Chad Anderson, Managing partner, Space Capital
Session 1 Disruptive Space Technology Changing Industrial Prospect Paradigm
09:50∼10:20 Scan the Earth in Real Time; Satellite Constellation and Big Data
James Mason. Space Systems SVP, Planet
10:20∼10:50 How UAE Mars Exploration Project Innovates the Country
Omran Sharaf. Director of the UAE Amal Projec
10:50∼11:00 Break time Break time
Quickfire I Presenting Ideas of Korea’s Promising Space Startup and Prospective Entrepreneurs
11:00∼11:10 Nara Space Technology
Park JaePil. CEO, Nara Space Technology
11:10∼11:20 CONTEC
Lee Sunghee. CEO, CONTEC
11:20∼11:30 InnoSpace
11:30∼11:40 HANCOM inSpace
Choi Myungjin. CEO, HANCOM inSPACE
11:40∼12:00 (RoundTable) Space Startup Ecosystem Status and Tasks
Moderator : Park Sungdong, Chairman, Satrec Initiative
12:00∼13:30 Lunch Lunch
13:30∼14:00 Presentation 1 Why Conglomerate Start Space Development with Startups?
Dina Hyde, Director, Civil, Commercial and International Space Business Development, Raytheon
Session 2 Newcomers in Launch Vehicle Industry
14:00∼14:30 The Era of Rocket Manufacturing Produced by 3D Printers and Unmanned Factories is Coming.
Josh Brost. VP of Business Development, Relativity Space
14:30∼15:00 Creating a Small and Competitive Rocket Company
Tom Markusic. CEO, Firefly
15:00∼15:15 Break time Break time
15:15∼15:45 Presentation 2 Expanding the Horizons of the Space Industry: How to Deal with Academic, Social and Economic Challenges
Masayasu Ishida. President and CEO, SpaceTide / Principal, A.T. Kearney.
Session 3 Rediscovery of Korean Space Technology
15:45∼16:00 The Global Space Company inKorea
Kim Ee-Eul. Presedent&CEO, Satrec Initiative
16:00∼16:15 Dreaming of Korea’s First Private Space Total Service Company
Han Changheon. Executive Vice President, KAI
16:15∼16:30 A new opportunity : Satellite communication in the 5G/6G era
Song Kyungmin. CEO, KTsat
16:30∼16:45 A Challenge with Cubesats for a Global Space Company
Lee Hojin, Executive Vice President, Soletop
16:45∼17:15 (RoundTable) Internationalization of Korean Space Companies
Moderator : Song Kyungmin, CEO, KTsat

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)