Hanwha Aerospace to Develop Integrated Avionics System for Government Space Program

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SEOUL – Hanwha Aerospace, an aircraft parts maker in South Korea, will participate in a government space program to develop and acquire core space technologies needed to send rockets and satellites into space. The company will develop an integrated avionics system which is one of the key elements of space programs.

An avionics system platform is a combination of software and electronics for airplanes, rockets, drones, and spacecraft. The platform serves as a control tower for communications, flight controls, navigation and management of multiple systems. It is made up of hundreds of systems to perform unique functions.

South Korea unveiled a 10-year “Space Pioneer” project in 2021 to spend some 211.5 billion won ($167 million) to increase the location rate of high-tech and basic space components for satellites and projectiles at 97% or more by 2030. In October 2021, a homemade three-stage rocket known as “Nuri” carrying engines produced by Hanwha Aerospace was launched for the first time to reach altitude target 700 kilometers (434 miles) but failed to put a dummy satellite into orbit.

Hanwha Aerospace has been selected along with Hanwha Corporation, the producer of precision-guided munitions, guided weapons navigation systems and lasers, to participate in the Space Pioneer program to develop an “integrated avionics system for low-cost lightweight projectiles “. Hanwha Aerospace will join a consortium to develop the new lightweight and affordable avionics system by 2028.

Based on the company’s experience in space projects, including the development of Nuri, Hanwha Aerospace will participate in the development of small-sized liquid propellant rockets and next-generation space launch vehicles. Hanwha Corporation will work on the development of solid propellant rockets. “We will fully cooperate with our consortium partners to successfully develop the integrated avionics system,” Hanwha Aerospace CEO Shin Hyun-woo said in a statement on April 28.

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Ryan H. Bowman