South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Technology has announced ‘the strategies for satellite communication technology development’, which were proposed at ‘the emergency economic council’. The Ministry of Science and Information Technology intends to launch 14 telecommunication satellites into low Earth orbit (300-1500km), in order to meet the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) and 3GPP standards for Ground-Satellite Integrated Networks by 2031.
Satellite-based telecommunications have the advantage of providing low-latency, high-speed communication in areas where ground and marine-based transceiver stations are difficult to build, such as mountainous areas and seas.
The Ministry of Science and Information Technology and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries will use the testing network of these low Earth orbit satellites to evaluate self-driving ship remote control systems and maritime traffic information services.
Through the establishment of the ‘Strategies for Smart Shipping Logistics Expansion’ and ‘Basic Plan for Intelligent Maritime Traffic Information Services’ in April, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has promoted the development and improvement of self-driving ship remote control systems and intelligent maritime traffic information services.
Additionally, the Ministries of Science and ICT, Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, and Trade, Industry, and Energy will connect the low Earth orbit satellite testing network to the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) telecommunications system testing.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport previously announced in March that it would develop technologies for UAM airframe certification and pilot testing as part of the ‘Korean Urban Air Traffic (K-UAM) Roadmap. Additionally, it announced that it will support the development of technologies for designing and manufacturing UAM aircraft.
It is able to produce hyperspace telecommunication services that must be applied to UAM operations using domestic technology as a result of the cooperation plan between related ministries.
In response to the international satellite communication market’s expansion, the Ministry of Science and Information Technology intends to develop technology and secure experiences in the space industry in order to promote the domestic satellite communication industry.
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