The meetings were a chance to strengthen space cooperation between France and Korea around the SCO, which was announced in Paris at the One Planet Summit in December and officially launched at the Toulouse Space Show last week. This CNES initiative is being pursued as part of a vast international partnership with space agencies and other organizations, which agree to share data, pool resources and work together to develop the SCO, which will help us better understand and measure the impacts of climate change and provide decision support to help combat it.
France and South Korea have been working together successfully in space for over 30 years. France has regularly supported the development of South Korea’s space programme by building satellites, designing scientific instruments and equipment and providing launch services. Since the early 2000s, CNES has been involved in the development of KARI’s Earth-observing satellites as well as the design and management of its launch facilities. Since 2015, under an inter-agency agreement, various new actions have been initiated by the two partners, including assistance for the development of the ground segment for South Korea’s new KSLV-2 launch vehicle and support for the rollout of its KASS satellite navigation system, developed by KARI with Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor.
After the meetings, Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “Since my first visit to South Korea for the first France-Korea space days in 1987, it’s always been a huge pleasure to come back to this country. Today, the decision by KARI and the KMA to work with CNES to deliver the SCO reflects Korea’s resolute commitment to fight climate change. It’s a new milestone in the cooperation between our two countries in space, and I look forward to taking it a step further during President Moon’s visit to France in October.”