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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.

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 Event Contents
09:30~10:00 Pre-Session Innovative Space Strategy, Cooperating with the World
– Naser Al Hammadi (Head of International Relations and Organization Affairs, UAE Space Agency)
10:00~10:20 Grand Opening Ceremony Opening Address
– Young-min Yoo (Minister, the Ministry of Science and ICT)
Congratulatory Address
– Kyoung-ae Jang (CEO, Dongascience)
Welcoming Address
– Jang-soo Ryu (President, Korea Association for Space Technology Promotion)
10:20~10:50 Keynote Speech Why Did Luxembourg Start the Initiative?
– Etienne Schneider (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of Luxembourg)
11:00~11:50 Session 1 Space Exploration Era Opened by Challenging Private Company
– Yonatan Winetraub (Co-Founder, SpaceIL)
12:00~13:20 Lunch
IR 1 Introduction of Vision for Each Startups
– Jae-pil Park (CEO, NARA Space Technology)
– Sung-mun Lee (CEO, UJUROTech)
– Dong-suk Kim (CEO, KONGDOLE Space Robotics (KSR))
13:30~14:20 Session 2 Opportunities and Possibilities of Korean Private Space Industry (Round-table)
– Yong-kwan Lee (CEO, Blue Point Partners)
– Sang-yub Sung (CEO, Intellian Technologies)
– Sung-dong Park (Chairperson, SATREC Initiative)
– Jongwon JP Park (Partner, Starburst Aerospace)
– Jae-pil Park (CEO, NARA Space Technology)
14:30~16:00 Session 3 3-1 How Will the Ground Station Open the Satellite Era?
– Shayn Hawthorne (General Manager, AWS Ground Station)
3-2 From Small Component Manufacturers to a Global Aerospace Company
– Masahiro Ueno (Aerospace Project General Manager, YUKI Precision)
3-3 How Realistic is the Construction of the Lunar City?
– Bernard Foing (Executive Director, ESA International Lunar Exploration Working Group)
16:00~16:30 IR 2 Introduction of Vision for Each Startups
– Dong-yoon Shin (CEO, Perigee Aerospace Inc)
– Nam-seok Cho (CEO, Unmanned Exploration Lab)
16:30~17:00 Session 4 Small Launch Vehicle that Became a Platform of Space Industry
– Eric Besnard (Co-Founder & CTO, Vector Launch)
17:00~17:40 Session 5 US Space Exploration Achievements and Plans upon the Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
– Jani Radebaugh (Professor, Brigham Young Univ.)
17:40~18:30 Session 6 6-1 Satellite Revolution that Changes the Culture of the Information and Communication Industry
– Malik Imran Khan (Vice President, Fixed Data Sales Asia-Pacific of SES Networks)
6-2 4th Industrial Revolution and Satellite
– Seung-Yun Paik (SVP, KTSAT)

STEPI Special Session (Studio 1,2,3)

Time Event Contents
14:30~14:40 Opening Ceremony Opening Speech
– Tae-jeong Ha (Vice President, STEPI)
14:40~15:00 Session 1 Status & Development Strategy of Korea’s Space Technology Ecosystem
– Hyung-jun Ahn (Research Fellow, STEPI)
15:00~15:20 Session 2 New Space in Terms of Space Industry Value Chain
– Eun-jeong Kim (Senior Researcher, KARI)
15:20~15:40 Session 3 Space Startup Accelerator, Where the New Space and the Corporates Meet
– Jongwon JP Park (Partner, Starburst Aerospace)
15:40~16:10 Designated Discussion Moderator: Seog-won Hwang (Chief Director, STEPI)
– Sun-kon Lee (Professor, Inha University)
– Young-su Ahn (Executive Director, KIET)
– Sung-hee Lee (CEO, CONTEC)
16:10~16:30 Comprehensive Discussion
Time Event Contents
09:00~09:20 Opening Ceremony Opening Address
– Miock Mun (1st Vice Minister, the Ministry of Science and ICT)
Congratulatory Address
– Kwangyun Wohn (President, National Research Council of Science & Technology)
Welcoming Address
– Cheol-Ho Lim (President, KARI)
09:20~10:00 Keynote Speech 1 Cutting-Edge Technologies Enabling Innovating and Challenging Solar System Exploration
– Junichiro Kawaguchi (Hayabusa 1 Project Director, JAXA )
10:00~10:40 Keynote Speech 2 New Wave of Space Development
– Chad Anderson (CEO, Space Angels)
10:40~10:50 Break
10:50~11:30 Keynote Speech 3 Constellations – New Market Opportunities based on OneWeb Satellite Re-Use
– Laurent JAFFART (Vice President, Airbus Defense and Space)
11:30~12:00 Special Session 1 Future Strategy for the New Space Era
– Cheol-Ho Lim (President, KARI)
12:00~13:30 Lunch
13:30~14:00 Special Session 2 Opportunities of the Microsatellite Era
– Yuya Nakamura (CEO, AxelSpace)
14:00~14:30 Special Session 3 Multi Orbit/Multi Band Satcom for Mobility
– Jeong-woo Park (Vice President, Intellian Technologies)
14:30~15:00 Special Session 4 Commercial Lunar Exploration
– Takeshi Hakamada (CEO, ispace)
15:00~15:20 Coffee Break
15:20~15:50 Session 1 [Launch Vehicle Area] Launch Vehicle: Innovation and Future
– Jae-myung Ahn (Professor, KAIST)
15:50~16:20 Session 2 [Satellite / Exploration Area] Space Exploration for Sustainable Space Development
– Changjin Lee (Professor, Konkook Univ.)
16:20~16:50 Session 3 [Aviation Area] Status and Challenges of Future Air Mobility-eVTOL PAV
– Chang-jeon Hwang (Director of OPPAV MOLIT Program, KARI)
16:50~17:00 Break
17:00~18:00 Comprehensive Discussion Comprehensive Discussion on the Future Direction of Korea’s Space Development in New Space Era
Time Event Contents
09:00~09:10 Opening Ceremony Opening Address
– Kyoung-ae Jang (CEO, Dongascience)
09:10~10:00 Special Lecture [Space x Challenge] Terraforming, Making Space like the Earth
– Henk Rogers (Founder, International MoonBase Alliance)
10:05~10:55 Session 1 [Space x Human] Here comes the age of ‘Everyone can be Astronaut’
– Chris Welch (Professor, International Space Univ.)
11:00~11:50 Session 2 [Space x Physics] The Space Viewed by Quantum Physicist
– Sang-wook Kim (Professor of Physics, Kyunghee Univ.)
12:00~13:20 Lunch
13:20~14:00 Session 3 [Space x Robot] Robot, Pioneer of Space
– Woo-sup Lee (Senior Researcher, KIST)
14:05~14:45 Session 4 [Space x Satellite] Eyes overlooking the Earth
– Hyun-ok Kim (Senior Researcher, KARI)
14:50~15:30 Session 5 [Space x Opportunity] New Opportunities in New Space Era
– Jae-myung Ahn (Professor, KAIST)

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)