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Korea to build space-tracking station on Jeju Island
July 22, 2005
South Korea will build a ground tracking and control station on Jeju Island for tracking spacecraft and satellites launched from the space center to be completed in 2007 in Goheung, South Jeolla Province.
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said on July 13 that the construction of the nation's first ground tracking station will break ground on July 14 on Jeju Island. The tracking and control station is due for completion in June 2006.
The government will inject a total of 33 billion won into building the tracking station, which will be built on a lot measuring 115,500 square meters. The station will be equipped with a state-of-the-art radar that can track artificial satellites floating in space up to 3,000 kilometers from Earth by using 5.3-5.8-gigahertz bandwidth radio waves.
The facility will also include cutting-edge antenna and remote data transmission equipment that can receive data and transmit signals to space vehicles within a 2,000 kilometer radius from Earth in real time. The tracking center will provide space-positioning information to the control center in Goheung.
"The tracking and control station must be set up in a location where stable position tracking can be made, given the expected path of rockets launched from the space center in Goheung. We have examined several candidate sites for the ground tracking station and Jeju was found to have the best geographical conditions on the Korean Peninsula," the MOST said in a statement.
The ministry said some 130 government officials, including Vice Minister of Science and Technology Choi Seok-sik, will attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
Korea is the world's 13th country to operate a space center with a rocket launch pad.
Operated by the state-run KARI, the Goheung space center will be equipped with various high-tech facilities, including a launch complex with two rocket launch pads, a control tower, a rocket assembly line, rocket testing equipment and a space simulator.