November 6, 2015

State visit of French President to Republic of Korea - Preparations for space agenda of COP21, Memorandum of understanding signed on space and climate

Wednesday 4 November in Seoul, in the presence of French President François Hollande and his Korean counterpart, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Gwang-Rae Cho, President of KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute), signed a memorandum of understanding on space cooperation.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today is designed to establish a framework to engage and implement cooperation actions and facilitate exchanges of personnel between CNES and KARI. It follows Jean-Yves Le Gall and Gwang-Rae Cho’s previous meeting this spring at KARI’s headquarters in Daejeon.

Cooperation actions envisioned in the MoU will cover various domains, notably Earth-observation satellite applications, space sciences, space exploration, and satellite navigation and augmentation systems. Such actions will be pursued through exchanging information and data, seminars, workshops and symposiums, and through development of joint projects.

France and South Korea’s longstanding collaboration in space has resulted in many partnerships with the French space industry on satellites and launchers. From 2002 onwards, CNES also contributed to the development of South Korea’s space programme, providing KARI with expertise for the design of the ground segment at the Naro launch base. These past achievements will be to the fore as part of celebrations to mark the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

After the signature, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The memorandum of understanding signed today with Gwang-Rae Cho materializes our many discussions and formalizes our intention to step up our collaboration. I was especially grateful for the role that South Korea played in preparing the Mexico Declaration adopted ahead of the COP21 climate conference. South Korea has big space ambitions and I am sure that with this MoU our cooperation is set to enter a new era.”

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