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US-South Korea Joint Ventures: Problems and Prospects

Program/Project Management Resource List #66

Revised March 2010

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

When most Americans think about South Korea, their first impressions will probably stem from the famous and long-running television program MASH, which was set during the Korean War, several years before NASA was established. Today, South Korea is an industrial giant, with companies like Hyundai and Samsung competing on a level with companies like Ford and Motorola. South Korea built its first satellite in 1999, which was launched by NASA. In 2009, South Korea tried to move from satellite builder to satellite launcher, although this attempt was only a partial success that lofted its payload on a suborbital trajectory. South Korea is a member of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group. On Oct. 30, 2008, NASA and South Korea's Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology signed a statement of intent for future cooperation, adding to a set of agreements that go back to 2000, including instruments on Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

This pathfinder serves as an introduction to the ways that Americans and South Koreans can work together on projects and avoid the minefield of cultural misunderstanding. Please see International Cooperation in Space for items that generally apply to all international joint ventures in outer space. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on Asia to get the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: call x0172 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public, contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Bering Guides: Business Travel in South Korea. Axiom Press, 2003.
Kotch, John Barry, and Frank-J├╝rgen Richter. Korea Confronts the Future. Marshall Cavendish, 2005.

Articles and Reports

Chae, Yeon Seok,Soo Yong Lee, and Seonghyeon Seo. "Development of a Liquid Propellant Rocket, Korea Sounding Rocket (KSR)-III", in: Fifth International Symposium on Liquid Space Propulsion, NASA/CP-2005-213607, Chattanooga, TN, Oct. 27-30, 2003.
Note: Available only by accessing the full document: (20050217123: (July 2009) NTRS)
Chung, Sungchul. "Excelsior: The Korean Innovation Story", Issues in Science and Technology, vol. XXIV, no. 1 (Fall 2007), p. 63-69.
Hwang, CY. "Space Activities in Horea-History, current program, and future plans", Space Policy, vol. XXII, no. 3 (Aug. 2006), p. 194-199.
Kim, Changdai, et al. "Employees' Perceptions of Interpersonal Competence: The Case of South Korea", Asia Pacific Education Review, vol. IX, no. 2 (April 2008), p. 221-232.
(EJ811133 (2008) ERIC)
Kuchinke, K Peter, Hye-Seung Kang, and Seok-Young Oh. "The Influence of Work Values on Job and Career Satisfaction, and Organizational Commitment among Korean Professional Level Employees", Asia Pacific Education Review, vol. IX, no. 4 (Dec. 2008), p. 552-564.
(EJ835220 (2008) ERIC)
Larson, Eric V., Norman D. Levin, Seonhae Baik, and Bogdan Savych. Ambivalent Allies: A Study of South Korean Attitudes Toward the U.S.. Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2004.
Pinkston, Daniel. "North and South Korean Space Development: Prospects for Cooperation and Conflict", Astropolitics, vol. IV, no. 2 (Aug. 2006), p. 207-227.
Seong, Somi, Steven W. Popper, and Kungang Zheng. Strategic Choices in Science and Technology: Korea in the Era of a Rising China. Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2005.
Wagner, Caroline S., Anny Wong, Sungho Lee, and Irene T. Brahmakulam. Phase Transition in Korea-U.S. Science and Technology Relations. Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2003.

Internet Resources

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific. Feb. 2010 [March 1, 2010].
Korea Aerospace Research Institute. April 2009 [March 1, 2010].

Last Updated: March 2010