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3rd Korea-France Space Forum Held (May 17)

- Expand the scope of comprehensive space cooperation between Korea and France

The Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (hereinafter ‘KARI’, President Lim Cheol-ho), Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of France, Embassy of France in Seoul and National Center for Space Studies (CNES) of France hosted “the 3rd Korea-France Space Forum” at the Conrad Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul in the morning of May 17.

The forum is in its third year of hosting since first held in 2016 and it is a cooperative platform based on the agreement of governments of both countries in promoting comprehensive cooperation in the field of space.

In the forum, over 120 attendees from both governments, military, industry, academia, research institutes and students majoring in space took part to share current status of space development in the two countries and exchanged views on various topics such as space development and talent exchanges.

The forum was held under the theme of ‘expanding the cooperation network / comprehensive cooperation partnership’. Ministers of the two countries delivered opening remarks (MSIT of Korea, Ministry of the Economy and Finance of France*) and expert panel discussion and business meeting followed.

* Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance

Five sub sessions were public strategy in the New Space era (space development, space security) space and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (deployment of AI and big data to space industry) industry for new services (launch vehicles, satellites) a way forward for humanity (exploration, climate change) educational cooperation (human resource exchanges) and in each session, space experts from both countries took part in presentations and discussions.

In particular, domestic companies such as Korea Aerospace Industries, Hanwha Aerospace, KT Sat, NARA Space Technology, Contec, SI Analytics and world’s leading space companies and startups of France including Arianespace, Airbus, Thales Alenia Space (TAS), Safran, Geoflex took part to discuss collaboration between businesses of both countries.

In addition, programs to nurture students majoring in space and postgraduate researchers and exchange programs operated by governments and universities of both countries were introduced which will contribute to an increase in human capital in a future-oriented way for both sides.

Minister You Youngmin of Science and ICT said, “New Space era has recently begun where private companies take initiative in taking part in space development. The cooperation between Korea, an ICT powerhouse which has succeeded in launching commercial 5G mobile service for the world’s first time and France, a space power will have positive impact on the development of space industry.”

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