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Expanding S. Korea-U.S. Space Cooperation: Joining the Artemis Project Updated: 2021-05-27 15:11:51 KST

Let's get some experts' view on the expanding cooperation between South Korea and the U.S. in civil space exploration, as well.
Immediately after the joint statement between Presidents Moon and Biden were announced following their summit last week, I asked Frank Jannuzi, an East Asia specialist and a longtime advisor to Mr. Joe Biden, for the significance of South Korea joining the Artemis Project.

"By joining the Artemis Project in particular and I'll note here that Artemis, one of the goals, is to put women on the Moon, not just men, that by joining Artemis Project, the Republic of Korea is really signaling its arrival as a global player in the peaceful exploitation of space. And this has an enormous scientific, commerical, as well security implications for the Reublic of Korea because as they develop the space faring capabilities, the Republic of Korea, its private sector companies, universities, and the government are going to develop better earth observation satellites, better communication satellites and capabilites that are really going to bring the Republic of Korea more global."

And, now for a Korean expert's point of view, let's bring in Im Jong-bin, Head of Space Policy & Cooperation at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
Korea Aerospace Research Institute has been working with South Korea's Science and ICT Ministry as well as NASA, the U.S. State and Defense Departments to sign the Artemis Accord.

Im Jong-bin, you have been involved in the process leading up to South Korea's joining the Artemis Project and you and your institute will be taking a leading role in South Korea's contribution in the Artemis Program.
Artemis is NASA's new lunar exploration program, which includes sending the first woman and the next man on the Moon for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Could you first tell us more about the Artemis program and its ultimate goal?

9 countries, including the UK and Japan have signed the Artemis accords so far and South Korea became the the first country to sign the accords under the Biden administration. What significance does it hold to Korea's aerospace industry and beyond?

What specific area will South Korea be participating in landing Artemis on the Moon, and what are your prospects for Korea's level of contribution?

South Korea and the U.S. have also recently signed a joint statement on satellite navigation cooperation aiming for U.S. technological cooperation in developing KPS, or Korean Positioning System. What is the main goal of KPS and why is it important?

We hear Korea is also developing 'Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter' in collaboration with NASA. Tell us more about this.

Bang Hyo-Choong, professor of Aerospace Engineering at KAIST for us tonight, thank you. We appreciate your expertise.
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