South Korea: New entrant for space systems
The authorities of Seoul, for technological purposes, began a space program through the microsatellites of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology) and with some foreign assistance (SSTL in Britain). Earth observations and scientific measurements from space became the priority of the KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) with the KOMPsat (Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite) program, cooperating with American, French and German manufacturers of space systems. At the same time, sounding rockets were developed as demonstrators of propulsion systems, while a national system of communications and broadcasting satellites was put in place under the name of Koreasat.
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