SUNGNAM, South Korea — Joint drills between the U.S. House Pressure and Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Pressure will deal with enhancing area situational consciousness (SSA) capabilities of either side, a senior air pressure officer mentioned.
The ROK Air Pressure is about to carry out joint drills with the U.S. House Pressure underneath an Aug. 27 settlement signed between ROK Air Pressure chief of workers, Gen. Park In-ho, and U.S. House Pressure Gen. John W. Raymond, chief of area operations, at Peterson Air Pressure Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“What we urgently want is ‘eyes’ to have a look at what’s taking place in outer area,” mentioned ROK Air Pressure Col. Park Ki-tae, inaugural chief of the air pressure’s House Operations Middle, throughout an Oct. 20 army expertise seminar held right here as a part of the Seoul Worldwide Aerospace and Protection Exhibition 2021. Park’s heart, launched final month, is liable for drawing a strategic roadmap to construct the air pressure’s area energy.
“One of many major issues we wish to obtain by means of cooperation with the U.S. House Pressure is enhancing our capabilities to detect harmful objects in area and easy methods to keep away from them once they method our satellites,” Park mentioned. Improved capabilities may even make it potential for South Korea’s air pressure to challenge a warning in a well timed method when an object falls to Earth from area, he mentioned. For its half, he added, the ROK Air Pressure is constructing its personal SSA infrastructure — together with an electro-optical satellite tv for pc surveillance system, an area climate forecast and warning system and reconnaissance satellites — with the objective of creating it totally operational by the mid-2020s. In keeping with this, South Korea’s Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) lately signed a $13.9 million contract with Satrec Initiative to develop an area climate forecast system. As soon as developed, the system will assist forestall satellites, high-altitude surveillance drones, and guided weapons methods from malfunctioning resulting from disruptions that area climate situations might trigger in GPS indicators, in accordance with DAPA.
Park mentioned the air pressure has improved its SSA capabilities since 2017 by means of joint initiatives with Korea Aerospace Analysis Institute, and Korea Astronomy and House Science Institute. And being a part of U.S. House Pressure’s drills will assist sharpen its edge additional in SSA, the colonel mentioned.
Satellite tv for pc navigation is one other area of cooperation between the 2 organizations, Park mentioned. South Korea is about to construct its personal satellite tv for pc navigation system, named Korea Positioning System (KPS), in cooperation with america by 2035. The system will comprise eight satellites — three in geosynchronous orbit and 5 in inclined geosynchronous orbit — which are interoperable with the present GPS satellites managed by the U.S. House Pressure.
“The idea of KPS is GPS, so we have to study technological and operational know-how about satellite tv for pc navigation methods from the U.S. House Pressure,” Park mentioned.
He mentioned underneath the “House Odyssey 2050” technique unveiled final 12 months, the South Korea’s air pressure is shifting so as to add a satellite tv for pc laser monitoring system, an area object laser monitoring system, small satellite tv for pc launchers and a satellite tv for pc jamming system to its area belongings by the late-2020s in an effort to have a “full-fledged area monitoring capability and restricted means to carry out army operations in area.”
Park mentioned whereas South Korea wants varied types of area launch autos to make sure fast and cost-effective satellite tv for pc launches, an air-launched system is “significantly obligatory contemplating the geographical options of the nation.” South Korea faces North Korea on its north aspect, China on the west, and Japan on the east. South is the one course at which the nation can launch an area rocket from its soil with out overflying its neighbors. In July, the Air Pressure requested Korean Air, South Korea’s greatest airline, and Seoul Nationwide College to conduct joint analysis on the feasibility of utilizing modified Boeing 747-400 plane for air-launching area rockets and orbital autos.