Site: LG R&D Complex
533 Hogyo-dong, Dongan, Anyang-shi
Kyongki-do, 431-080, Korea
Date Visited: June 1, 1997
WTEC: J. N. Pelton (report author) and J. Evans
LG is primarily engaged in electronics, energy, and chemicals. It is the third largest of the Korean chaebols with 49 subsidiaries, assets of $42 billion. Its major subsidiary engaged in satellite communications is LG Information, and Communications (LGIC) and its products are known under the trademark of Goldstar. Chaebols involved in space related activities can be ranked in terms of assets as follows: Hyundai (1), Samsung (2), LG (3), Daewoo (4), Sunkyong/SK Telecom (5), and Halla (11).
Currently, LG is engaged primarily in satellite communications from the perspective of ground antenna systems. LG has invested in Globalstar on the basis of obtaining key contracts for the Globalstar ground network system. It is also seriously considering the possibility of investment in the Lockheed Martin Astrolink Ka-band multimedia satellite system. Again, such investment in Astrolink would be conditioned on obtaining ground segment contracts.
LG Electronics managers believe that they have most of the technology needed to make the company a large scale manufacturer of ground antenna systems from micro-terminals, to VSATs, to larger base station national gateways, to TTC&M facilities. They are interested in acquiring additional new technology or forming new partnerships or joint ventures is in the area of solid state parametric amplifiers. LG is also providing component parts for TWTs for Koreasat. LG is highly focused on the ground terminal marketplace through international partnerships for technology transfer and some of its own R&D and is not carrying out satellite communications payload related research.
While many of the Korean aerospace companies are seeking to develop a wide range of capabilities in terms of components, assembly, integration and test, and spacecraft bus systems and technology, LG has largely oriented its future role toward ground systems and VSATs. This is reflected in its role with regard to Koreasat and in its international satellite system investments.