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IAF Chief: South Korea Should Leverage IT Expertise in Space

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
October 13, 2009
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IT Could Make Difference in Korean Space Tech
Korea Times

South Korea, as a late starter in the global space competition, must seek to leverage its strength in information and communication technology to create a niche, according to the head of a leading space industry organization.

In a news conference on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Daejeon, Monday, Berndt Feuerbacher, president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), said the country must integrate itself into a broader range of international efforts to secure more markets for its space technologies.

To encourage cooperation between the space programs backed by developing nations and space industry newcomers, the IAF is planning to form regional groups for the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa regions to allow the countries a framework to share their advancements and pursue common goals.

“The groups will act as the instruments for countries to make goals on a regional scale, and define problems and develop technologies that are particularly suited for particular regions. This would enable various regions to operate on a higher level in space technology,” Feuerbacher said.

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