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The U.S.- ROK Civil Space/GNSS Meeting was held in Seoul to further enhance cooperation


The Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT; Minister Lee Jong-Ho) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA; Minister Park Jin) announced that the “U.S.-ROK Civil Space/GNSS Meeting” was held with the U.S. Department of State, Department of Commerce, Space Force and Coast Guard in Seoul on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

The meeting was held to discuss cooperation in the ROK's development of Korean Positioning System (KPS) and space industry promotion as a follow-up action to the U.S.-ROK Summit in May and the third U.S.-ROK Civil Space Dialogue in December of 2022.

In the GPS-KPS Working Group Meeting held on March 20, the first day of the U.S.-ROK Space/GNSS meeting, The ROK government explained the development status and future plans of the KPS and the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS). Both Governments reaffirmed the importance of providing open access, free of direct user fees to space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services for peaceful purposes. 

The two governments also discussed policy and technical cooperation to enhance compatibility and interoperability with the U.S. Global Positioning system (GPS), as well as cooperation at international organizations such as the United Nations International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (UN ICG). Following the meeting, both Governments adopted a Joint Announcement outlining the key cooperation issues discussed at the meeting, and agreed to hold a second meeting in the United States in September this year.

Furthermore, both Governments discussed the details of the ‘U.S.-ROK Space Industry Forum,’ which was agreed to be held later this year. Both Governments agreed on the need for continued policy cooperation in the space industry field. As a first step to expand cooperation in the space industry between the two countries, they agreed to work closely together to organize a Space Industry Forum in the second half of this year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government held the International Information Subcommittee (IISC) of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) in Seoul on March 21 as a part of the U.S.-ROK Space/GNSS Meeting. 

CGSIC is the recognized worldwide forum for effective interaction between all civil GPS users and the U.S. GPS authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) coordinates and manages CGSIC in cooperation with the Department of Transportation. Especially, IISC focuses on the needs of the international GPS user community by hosting information exchanges throughout the world and collecting inputs from users outside the U.S.

Through the sub-committee, the U.S. government gave presentations regarding the status updates, application cases, and modernization plan of GPS program and responded to Korean GPS users’ questions and opinions. The Korean side also presented the status updates of KPS program and GPS utilization technology in Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

The U.S. and the ROK have strengthened their cooperative relations through this meeting. Continued close cooperation between both governments in the space sector will contribute to the peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region and promote global economic growth.

For further information, please contact the Public Relations Division (E-mail: of the Ministry of Science and ICT. 

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