S. Korea, Japan, China to reach milestones in space programs in 2022
Updated: 2022-01-04 08:02:11 KST
South Korea, China and Japan are all aiming for groundbreaking milestones in the space race this year.
China's space station Tiangong, translated to Heavenly Palace, is scheduled to reach completion this year.
China has been working on the project since the early 90s.
It will be the world's only space station in operation should the international space station close down in 2024.
Japan is also set for a first commercial launch of its H3 rocket this year as well.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is preparing its launch of the rocket,.. deemed as one of the world's finest, with communications satellite company Inmarsat as its first user.
2022 will also be a turning point for South Korea's space program.
South Korea will start developing its space navigating system, KPS.
This project is the largest in Korean space history, with more than three billion U.S. dollars put into its 14-year development.
The Nuri space rocket is also launching for the second and third time in 2022, once again carrying hopes of progress after its launch in 2021 had partial success.
Korean Multi-purpose Satellite 6 or Arirang 6 is also set for launch later in the year to replace its outdated model, Arirang 5.
Although South Korea has joined the space race later than two other major powers in Asia, its developments are surely gaining momentum.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News