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  • 2008–

    A period of large-scale observational facility development and outstanding outcomes
    • 2014 Korea Microlensing Telescope Network (KMTNet) was established.
    • 2013 Optical Wide-field patroL (OWL) project had begun.
      The Multi-purpose IR Imaging System was delivered as a payload on the third Korean scientific small satellite, STSAT-3.
    • 2011 Construction of the Korea VLBI Network (KVN) was completed.
    • 2009 KASI Participated in the international large telescope project, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).
  • 1999–2007

    Status: Independent public corporation
    • 2006 Space Geodesy Division was established, and the International GNSS Service Global Data Center (GDC) began operation at KASI.
    • 2003 Lemmonsan Optical Astronomy Observatory (LOAO) was built on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, US.
      The first Korean space telescope, Far-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (FIMS), was carried onboard STSAT-1.
    • 1999 Korea Astronomy Observatory (KAO) became an independent organization as a government-funded research institute under the administration of the Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science and Technology (KRCF).
  • 1986–1999

    Status: Annex Research Institute
    • 1996 Bohyunsan Optical Astronomy Observatory (BOAO) was built on Mt. Bohyun.
    • 1991 ISSA became KAO and was annexed to Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science.
    • 1986 National Astronomical Observatory, Korea (NAOK) was renamed the Institute of Space Science and Astronomy (ISSA).
  • 1974–1985

    Status: National Observatory
    • 1985 Taeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO) was built in Daejeon.
    • 1978 Sobaeksan Optical Astronomy Observatory (SOAO) was built on Mt. Sobaek.
    • 1974 NAOK was established.