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The Naro Space Center is Korea's first satellite launch range and the world's thirteenth space center. Construction of the center began in 2000 in accordance with the Mid-to-Long-Term National Master Plan for Space Development, while a separate Space Center for launching small satellites was constructed in 2009.
The Naro Space Center features state-of-the-art facilities including a launch complex, a satellite integration and test center, a launch vehicle assembly building, a solid rocket motor building, a launch control building, an optical equipment building, and the Space Education/PR Center, all of which are necessary for the successful launch of space vehicles.
Tracking systems, consisting of a tracking radar and remote data receipt unit, have been installed in the Naro Space Center and the Jeju Tracking Station in order to receive flight data from the space launch vehicle. In addition, a weather observation station has been established on Maboksan Mountain near the Space Center to obtain weather data required for successful launch operation. The Jeju Tracking Station is equipped with a tracking radar and telemetry system to exchange the tracking and measurement data of space launch vehicles and ultrasonic flying objects to the Naro Space Center and the Daejeon HQ in real time. The Jeju Tracking Station also cooperated with ESA and CNES in France to track launch vehicles launched by these countries.
Since the successful launch of Naroho (KSLV-I) in 2013, propulsion test facilities needed for the development of a Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-II) have been built within the Naro Space Center. The facilities are equipped with facilities for ground combustion tests and real-propellant tests. As the first facility of its kind in Korea, the propulsion test facilities are used to test the engines for the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-II) on a continuous basis.
The Naro Space Center has been continuously upgraded as the advance base for Korea's space exploration, including expansion of the launch pad to support multipurpose satellites and to be able to launch the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-II) in the future.