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S. Korea's space industry nears 4 tln won in value in 2019: report

Science 12:00 December 29, 2020

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Yonhap) -- The value of South Korea's space industry stood at 3.89 trillion won (US$3.5 billion) last year, a report showed Tuesday.

The industry's size slightly dipped from that of 2018, when it reached 3.93 trillion won, according to data compiled by the Ministry of Science and ICT.

The science ministry has been publishing data on the country's space industry since 2005 to boost policymaking in the sector.

This image, provided by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute on Jan. 1, 2020, shows an image of a space craft. South Korea is working toward launching its first lunar orbiter in 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Last year, private sector sales stood at 3.26 trillion won, accounting for 83.8 percent of the industry's total value, followed by research institutes' spending at 584.9 billion won, or 15 percent of the total.

South Korea's space industry was also focused in satellite-related services and equipment last year, which accounted for 68.5 percent of the industry's total size at 2.7 trillion won. Satellite and launch projectile manufacturing took up 24.1 percent at 939.9 billion won.

The country's space-related investment, which includes spending by companies, research institutes and universities, reached 315.4 billion won last year, up 33 percent from the previous year, mainly due to increased facilities investment, the ministry said.

A total of 9,397 people were working in the country's space industry last year, marking an average 1 percent rise annually over the past decade, according to the data.

South Korea, a relative latecomer to the global space race, has ramped up its space ambitions recently as it prepares to launch its first lunar orbiter in 2022.

yunhwanchae@yna.co.kr
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