|Yoon Shin, CEO|
Number of employees
Perigee Aerospace is a private developer and manufacturer of orbital and sub-orbital launch vehicles located in Daejeon, South Korea. The company was formally established in 2018, but work began in 2012, initially with the launch of sounding rockets.
|Function||Small-lift Orbital launch vehicle|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|Cost per launch||US$2 million|
|Height||8.5 m (28 ft)|
|Diameter||760 mm (30 in)|
|Mass||1,790 kg (3,950 lb)|
|Payload to 500km SSO|
|Mass||50 kg (110 lb)|
|Payload to 500km LEO|
|Mass||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Launch sites||Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex|
|Total launches||No launches yet|
|First flight||H1 2021|
|Specific impulse||288s (ground), 348s (vacuum)|
The two-stage Blue Whale 1 is planned to become the smallest orbital rocket in the world with a mass of only 1790 kg. Launching from a pad owned by Southern Launch at Whalers Way in South Australia, it can deliver up to 50 kg to a sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 500 km. The maiden flight was planned for July 2020 but has been delayed several times, with the new launch date set for the 2nd half of 2021. Perigee Aerospace hopes to build the capacity to launch up to 40 Blue Whale 1 rockets per year at a price of US$2 million. As of April 2021, the first launch is scheduled for later in 2021.
Started in 2012, Perigee Aerospace began by developing and launching numerous sounding rockets for meteorological research for the Korean government. In 2018 and 2019 the company received two rounds of venture capital backing from some of South Korea’s leading technology investors including Samsung Venture Investments and LB Investment (a subsidiary of LG) to support the development of Blue Whale.The company is also supported by KAIST, South Korea’s top technical research institution.
According to an interview posted on the website of Expedition College in March 2020, an educational program by Dong-A Science, Perigee Aerospace also planned to launch a sounding rocket developed in collaboration with KAIST.