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Ko San


Ko San (1976-) Korean scientist cosmonaut, 2006-2008.

Researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology; one of two finalists from South Korea for a Soyuz mission in April 2008; hobbies: boxing and mountain-climbing. Selected as prime candidate for Soyuz TMA-12 on 5 September 2007 but replaced by backup Yi So-yeon on 10 March 200, less than a month before the flight, for allegedly removing taking training materials to Korea.

Birth Place: Busan.
Status: Inactive.
Born: 1976.10.19.

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Associated Countries
  • Korea South South Korea became familiar with large-scale rocketry through maintenance and modification activities on American-supplied Honest John and Nike Hercules tactical missiles. By the 1990's Korea had developed an independent capability to manufacture solid propellant rocket motors of up to one tonne mass. In 1990 KARI was funded to build the first indigenous sounding rockets, flown as the KSR-I and KSR-II. In December 1997 KARI was allowed to proceed with development of liquid oxygen/kerosene rocket motor for an orbital launcher, but this was abandoned when the South Korean government decided it wanted to be among the top ten spacefaring nations by 2015. The existing program was too limited in growth potential to allow that. Therefore it was decided to leapfrog the technology by contracting with Russian companies. First launch of the KSLV-I launch vehicle from the new space centre took place in 2010. More...

See also
  • Cosmonaut Category of persons who have been trained for spaceflight in Russia. More...

Associated Flights
  • ISS EP-14 Crew: Yi So-yeon. First Korean astronaut mission. Mission to swap Soyuz lifeboats docked to station. Backup crew: Ko San. More...

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