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  • Korea Focuses on Securing Technologies to Take a Leap Close
    Korea Focuses on Securing Technologies to Take a Leap
    In 2018, Korea’s aerospace technology reached a level of 60.9% compared to the US (100%),
    and the companies in the Korean aerospace industry have been working hard to close the technical gap based on excellent talent and investment in technologies.
    According to the 2019 Research on the Status of the Aerospace Industry, USD 164 million (KRW 180.1 billion) was invested in 2018, and 84.2% was used for R&D. The aerospace industry has a higher level of highly-educated people than other industries; for example, 20.3% held PhDs, 23.4% held master’s degrees, and 45.3% held bachelor’s degrees in 2018.
    Please refer to the information below
    Comparison of Technical Levels of Major Aerospace Countries (2018, %)
    Korea, US, Europe, China, Japan Space launch vehicle development and operation, Space environment observation, surveillance, analysis, Space exploration and utilization, Manned/Unmanned integrated autonomous flight technology, Manned/Unmanned autonomous flight integrated control system
    Education Levels of Aerospace Experts
    • Business(Total 6,610)
      • PhD:216명
      • Master’s:1,198명
      • Bachelor’s:4,174명
      • Etc.:1,022명
    • Research institute(Total 1,063)
      • PhD:650명
      • Master’s:327명
      • Bachelor’s:76명
      • Etc.:10명
    • University(Total 1,699)
      • PhD:1,033명
      • Master’s:666명
      • Bachelor’s:-
      • Etc.:-
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    ※ Source: Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP)
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    ※ Source: Ministry of Science and ICT, 2019 Research on the Status of the Aerospace Industry
    ※ Footnote: PhDs at universities includes professors, postdoctoral, and doctor’s courses, and master’s includes master’s courses.
  • Korean Aerospace Industry Creates High Added-Value Open
    Korean Aerospace Industry Creates High Added-Value
    The Korean aerospace industry has continued its growth since 2017. In 2019, the production of the aerospace industry reached USD 2.8 billion, up 8% YoY. Growth in the areas of airframes, engine parts, space, and unmanned vehicles have been singled out as having contributed to the increase in production and export compared to the previous year.
    Trends of the Korean Aerospace Industry Category
    ※ 1: Production and domestic refer to performance of Korean aircraft manufacturers KAI, Korean Air, Hanhwa Aerospace, etc.)
    ※ 2: The import amount was aggregated based on MTI statistics, and the export amount was based on P/O and contract amounts.
  • Global Aerospace Companies Reserve Hubs in Korea Open
    Global Aerospace Companies Reserve Hubs in Korea
    Boeing, the world’s largest private aerospace company, has established the Boeing Korea Engineering and Technology Center in Seoul, the largest of its kind, and has been conducting research on next-generation aerospace technologies.
    In its MRO center in Yeongcheon Hi-tech Park in Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Boeing has been testing and repairing avionics parts, such as for the F-15K.
    IAT, a joint venture between Korean Air and UTC from the US, has opened an aircraft engine MRO center in Yeongjong zone in Incheon Free Economic Zone, at which aircraft engines have been tested.
    "Global Aerospace Companies Located in Korea"
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  • K-UAM Commercialization Opens Opportunities for New Entry Open
    K-UAM Commercialization Opens Opportunities for New Entry
    The Korean government announced the Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Roadmap to commercialize the next-generation urban mobility service, Urban Air Mobility (UA), by 2025.
    Three basic directions are: first, the provision of government support for private-led businesses, second, the development of a new system, rather than utilizing existing safety and transport systems, and third, establishment of a global standard to enter advanced industries and promote growth.
    "K-UAM Major Plans"
    Please refer to the information below
    • 01. Establish a rational system to ensure safety
      • K-UAM Grand Challenge
      • Expand flight vehicle certification standard, procedures, and international standard
      • Strengthen infrastructure, MRO, and pilot standards
    • 02. Support the private sector strengthening capacity
      • Designate and operate special liberalization zones and demonstration lines
      • Airframe, key components, materials and infrastructure, facility R&D
      • Build an area to display weather, noise, telecommunication, and disaster information
    • 03. Operate services in stages to expand public acceptance
      • Launch cargo transportation first
      • Early services for forest, firefighting, police, and national defense
      • Expand education, and develop tour programs and theme parks
    • 04. Build infrastructure and intermodal transportation system for user convenience
      • Build private-led infrastructure and commercialize demonstration lines
      • Connect with transfer centers in major cities
      • Establish a simple and fast security screening system
    • 05. Form a fair, sustainable, and sound industrial ecosystem
      • Establish a transportation and business license system for urban areas
      • Develop and offer an insurance standard model
      • Give traffic rights based on service and safety evaluation
    • 06. Expand global cooperation to promote a global standard
      • Participate in national standard, industrial standard, group standard
      • Host international conferences and expand society and scholarship
      • Cooperate between leading companies, form an ecosystem for hosting and connecting
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    ※ Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
  • Aerospace Cluster and Regional Distribution Open
    Aerospace Cluster and Regional Distribution
    In the case of the aviation industry, the primary national research center and private research institutes are located in the Daejeon area, and aviation-specialized complexes have been established around Gyeongsangnam-do, including in Sacheon, Changwon, and Busan.
    In the case of the space industry, 54.1% of the primary companies were located in the Seoul metropolitan area as of 2018,
    and the main satellite and launch vehicle manufacturers have formed clusters in the Chungcheon area (22.2%) and Gyeongsang area (19.6%).
    "Major Aviation Companies and Infrastructure per Region"
    Please refer to the information below
    • Haemi: Test centers(86 Maintenance Depot, Test flights)
    • Daejeon: Daedeok Science Town (Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Agency for Defense Development, Major R&D centers, Avionics-specialized zone)
    • Goheung: Naro Space Center (Launch vehicle assembly, Rocket launch facility, Unmanned air vehicle testing )
    • Yeongcheon: Avionics MRO Cluster (planned)(Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services )
    • Changwon: Machinery industrial complex(Over 20 aviation companies in a machinery- and mechatronics-specialized industrial complex)
    • Busan: Gimhae Industrial Complex(Over 30 aviation companies including Korean Air (aerospace business headquarters))
    • Sacheon: Aviation-specialized industrial complex(Location of final-assembly complex, Over 40 aviation companies in airframe-specialized zone, Foreign investment zone)
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    ※ Source: Korea Aerospace Industries Association
    "Major Space Companies and Infrastructure per Region"
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    • 수도권 185개(54.1%)
      Major Space Companies and Infrastructure per Region(수도권) Area, Primary Companies
      분야 주요 기업
      Satellites Asia Pacific Satellite
      Launch vehicles (주)비츠로넥스트
      Ground station and testing facility Genohco
      Launch pad and testing facility Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering
      Space insurance Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance
      Remote sensing Geo System, Geo Story
      Satellite broadcasting KT Skylife, KT Sat
      Satellite navigation Fine Digital, Mobile Appliance, Carnavicom
    • 강원권 1개(0.3%)
      Major Aviation Companies and Infrastructure per Region(강원권) 표로 분야, 주요 기업 정보제공
      분야 주요 기업
      Remote sensing 지트
    • 충청권 76개(22.2%)
      Major Aviation Companies and Infrastructure per Region(충청권) 표로 분야, 주요 기업 정보제공
      분야 주요 기업
      Satellites Soletop, IMT
      Ground station and testing facility Satrec Initiative
      Remote sensing SIIS
      Satellite broadcasting KNSInc
      Satellite navigation Navcours
    • 경상권 67개(19.6%)
      Major Aviation Companies and Infrastructure per Region(경상권) 표로 분야, 주요 기업 정보제공
      분야 주요 기업
      Satellites Korea Aerospace Industries, Hanhwa Systems
      Launch vehicles Hanhwa Aerospace, KP Aero Industries, Doowon Heavy Industries
      Satellite broadcasting Hanhwa Systems
      Satellite navigation Digen
    • 전라권 11개(3.2%)
      Major Aviation Companies and Infrastructure per Region(전라권) 표로 분야, 주요 기업 정보제공
      분야 주요 기업
      Satellites DACC Aerospace
      Launch vehicles DACC Aerospace
      Launch pad and testing facility Barotech Synergy
      Remote sensing 한울지리정보
    • 제주권 2개(0.6%)
      우주산업 지역별 주요 기업 및 인프라(전라권) 표로 분야, 주요 기업 정보제공
      분야 주요 기업
      Satellite broadcasting Dongyang Information Technology
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    ※ Source: Ministry of Science and ICT, 2019 Research on the Status of the Aerospace Industry
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