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KASA R&D chief emphasizes collaboration for safe lunar exploration

John Lee, deputy administrator of the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA) Mission Directorates, speaks during the Sustainable Lunar Activity Conference held by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria, June 18 (local time).  Thanks to KASA

John Lee, deputy administrator of the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA) Mission Directorates, speaks during the Sustainable Lunar Activity Conference held by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria, June 18 (local time). Thanks to KASA

By Baek Byung Yeul

John Lee, deputy administrator of the mission directorates of the newly launched Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA), stressed at a United Nations meeting the need for the international community to strengthen cooperation for sustainable and safe lunar exploration.

Lee, who oversees major research and development projects at KASA, participated in the Sustainable Lunar Activity Conference organized by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) in Vienna, Austria, on June 18 (local time). .

In April, he was appointed R&D head of KASA, being recognized for his expertise while working at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the White House for approximately 30 years. Until 2021, he primarily served as a senior advisor for flight projects at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

At the conference, Lee introduced the space agency that Korea launched in May to member states. He also stressed the need to establish international standards for lunar activities through international cooperation, saying Korea will actively participate in this effort.

“Korea shared its experiences of performing collision avoidance maneuvers once each with the United States Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), India’s lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-2 and Japan’s lunar lander Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) while flying the Danuri lunar orbiter governed,” Lee said during a panel discussion at the conference.

“To avoid interference and collisions between missions of countries exploring the moon, it is important to share information about each mission in advance.”

Korea, which operates the Danuri lunar orbiter launched in August 2022, was invited to this conference as a country actively involved in lunar exploration activities, KASA said.

With the recent increase in global lunar exploration activities, the need for international cooperation to ensure safe and sustainable lunar activities for all countries has emerged through the UN COPUOS due to the increased likelihood of interference and clashes between missions.

The R&D chief participated as a discussion panelist along with senior officials from space agencies such as the US, China, Germany and Luxembourg, highlighting the importance of sharing mission information and openly sharing scientific data as key principles for the sustainability of lunar exploration activities .

“Since lunar exploration activities should benefit all humanity, lunar exploration countries should proactively make public the scientific data they have acquired through their exploration activities,” he said.

Lee also displayed moon images taken by the Danuri at the event and promoted the inauguration of KASA and Korea’s achievements in lunar exploration to the international community.

“With the establishment of KASA, Korea will actively participate in international cooperation activities to establish an international order for safe and sustainable lunar activities,” the head of R&D said. “We will strive to pursue international cooperation with various countries to become an influential member of the international space community.”

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