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US, South Korea to Cooperate on Space Situational Awareness

The US and South Korea have agreed to collaborate in strengthening their space situational awareness for military purposes.

The agreement was reached during a Space Cooperation Working Group session in Washington on Monday.

As part of the deal, the two nations will share space-based intelligence, support the continuing development of space experts through training, and conduct joint space operations.

While not providing specific details, the South Korean defense ministry said that the cooperation involves “concrete missions” to bolster space security capabilities.

“South Korea first suggested the idea in a February 2020 session, and the two sides have since worked closely to reach an agreement,” the ministry said, as quoted by Space News.

Additional Space Situational Awareness Efforts

The recently signed pact between the US and South Korea is the latest in a series of efforts by the Asian nation to enhance its space-related capabilities.

In 2021, the South Korean government opened its first space operations center in Gyeryong to draw up space policies and enhance cooperation with allied nations.

The country also signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Space Force to form a joint space policy consultative body and share information on space surveillance.

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