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South Korea to take a position heavily in satellite technology with eye on North Korea

SEOUL

The South Korean government plans to spend 1.6 trillion won ($1.37 billion) by 2030 on developing state-of-the-art satellite and related rocket technology during a bid to strengthen its surveillance network as North Korea continues to figure on nuclear and missile development.

The move comes after guidelines agreed by South Korea and its security ally us that had restricted Seoul’s missile development for many years were abolished in May.

South Korea, in close coordination with us, detected preparations that had been made in North Korea before a military parade in Pyongyang early Thursday.

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While it’s already capable of eavesdropping on communications, South Korea continues to depend upon us for intelligence gathering via satellite. The country is getting to be ready to conduct constant surveillance of its northern neighbor using its own microsatellites.

According to an investment plan announced by the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration last week, thanks to the repeal of the rules, South Korea can now develop satellite-launching rockets that believe solid fuel, which is simpler to handle than liquid fuel and requires an easier rocket design.

The South Korean government has now expressed eagerness to determine low-cost, high-precision satellite-launching technology so it can expand earnestly into the space industry.

The government has allocated 18.5 billion won under the investment decide to develop a satellite-mounted advanced sensor for infrared observation of the earth’s surface. Such a sensor would have a minimum of 50 percent higher resolution than those mounted on existing satellites that are operated overseas, according to local media.

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