South Korea to develop over 100 mini-satellites over the next decade
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Seoul: South Korea has said it will develop more than 100 miniature satellites over the next decade with the aim of establishing a national security surveillance system and testing next-generation network communications in its latest campaign to strengthen its space industry.
The Ministry of Science and ICT said it would continue this satellite development to encourage private sector involvement in the space industry, as mini-satellites can be manufactured in a short time at relatively low cost.
South Korea’s space program has so far been driven by large-scale state-led projects, such as the launch of its first local space rocket scheduled for October this year.
The ministry said it would pursue new private-sector-led mini-satellite projects, such as optical and radar observation of the Korean Peninsula, as well as satellite communication network technology testing, to boost the development of minisatellites by the local space industry, reports Yonhap News agency.
The country aims to launch 14 communications satellites into low Earth orbit by 2031 to establish a satellite communications network with the aim of preparing for 6G technology and testing autonomous systems of ship control and traffic services. maritime.
The ministry added that it would also continue to develop 22 satellites by 2028 to observe radio wave activity in space, as well as 13 test satellites by 2031 to acquire future technologies, such as the autonomous operation of a swarm of satellites and the disposal of space waste.
South Korea recently stepped up efforts in its space program, with the launch of its first lunar orbiter slated for next year.