South Korea plans to build more than 100 small satellites during the next decade. South Korea announced plans to build more than 100 small satellites over the next decade. With the goal of creating a national security monitoring system. And testing next-generation network communications as part of its latest drive to boost its space sector.
The Ministry of Science and Information Technology said that it will seek such satellite development. To promote private sector participation in the space business, small satellites can be produce quickly and at a cheap cost.
South Korea’s space program has so far been dominated by large-scale state-led initiatives. Such as the October launch of the country’s first indigenous space rocket.
The ministry stated that it would pursue new mini satellite projects led by the private sector. Such as optical and radar observation of the Korean Peninsula. As well as testing satellite communications network technology, in order to stimulate the local space industry’s development of mini satellites.
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By 2031, the government intends to launch 14 low-earth orbit communications satellites to create a satellite communications network in preparation for 6G technology and to test autonomous ship control systems and maritime traffic services.
Additionally, the ministry said that it will build 22 satellites by 2028 to monitor radio wave activities in space and 13 test satellites by 2031 to acquire future technologies such as autonomous satellite swarm operation and space garbage removal.
South Korea’s space program has lately stepped up its efforts, with the launch of its first lunar orbiter scheduled for next year.