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The Korean Lunar Exploration Project involves the development of Korea's first lunar probe and acquisition of the basic technologies needed for lunar exploration - such as an orbiter, a landing module, scientific payload, and deep space communication.
During Phase 1, a test orbiter will be developed in an effort to attain the key space exploration technology, the deep space network will be built, and the payload will be jointly developed with other countries. In Phase 2, an unmanned lunar orbiter and a lunar landing module will be developed and launched with the Korean launch system.
The lunar probe will be equipped with mission systems such as a scientific payload to analyze the lunar environment and explore its resources, nuclear battery and rover.
Korea has acquired around 70% of the key technologies needed for lunar exploration based on the artificial satellite technologies it has accumulated over the years. Additional technologies such as deep space communication and deep space navigation will be attained through mutually beneficial international cooperation with organizations such as NASA of the US.
The lunar probe will be launched from a Korean launch vehicle. If the launch is successful in exploring the Moon, it will present an important opportunity to prove the capability of a Korean developed launch vehicle to the world.
The Korean Lunar Exploration Project will lay the foundations for accelerating Korea's fast-growing space technology and helping Korea to become a major space power by securing the key technologies needed for space exploration early on.