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Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is the aeronautics and space agency of South Korea.
Since the establishment in 1989 as the leading national research institute for aerospace technology, KARI has made enormous strides in the field, especially in parts such as the improvement of multipurpose satellite technology and the development of Naro, Korea’s first space launch vehicle. KARI aims to contribute to the prosperity of the national economy and improvement of the quality of life in Korea through research and development in the field of aerospace science and technology. KARI is conducting not only basic and applied studies in the aerospace field but also comprehensive research and development so as to implement innovations in satellites and their applications, space launch vehicles and aircraft.

Vision and Objectives
Contribution to national security and economic growth by promoting the peaceful use and scientific exploration of space

  • Join the ranks of the space powers by strengthening the capabilities to achieve technological independence
  • Improve the quality of life through the sustainable development and application of space
  • Enhance future national competitiveness by increasing the number of space industries entering the global market
  • Enhance the national status by advancing space development and broadening the boundary of space activities

Space Debris Activities

  1. Mitigation
    1. Collision Avoidance
      • Collision risk monitoring and conjunction analysis
      • Development, enhancement and operations of conjunction assessment tool
      • Collision avoidance maneuver planning and procedure based on IADC guidelines
      • Elaboration of mitigation guidelines as a member of UN COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space)
    2. Research on collision avoidance maneuver and active debris removal
      • Collision avoidance maneuver strategy and validation
      • Active removal techniques and prototype development
    3. Re-entry
      • A study on analysis and strategies of end-of-life de-orbit of satellites
      • Trajectory estimation using tracking data (prediction re-entry time and location)
      • Post mission disposal for geosynchronous region
  2. Measurements: Contribute to Space Situational Awareness
    1. Development of radar observation facility for identifying debris populations
    2. Improvement of detection, tracking techniques and measurements accuracy
    3. Exchange of tracking data (optical, radar) and research results

To increase measurements and mitigation research achievement in connection with space debris and to support the future workforce needs of discussions on space debris, the KARI joins the global efforts of IADC and utilize space for the benefit of our future activities. KARI strives to increase awareness of space debris and research space debris mitigation technology by participating in IADC activities for ensuring the sustainability of peaceful use of outer space.