Satellite navigation system operators seek a plan for traffic and debris management; South Korea to be 7th constellation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Keeping up with the neighbors has motivated many national space efforts and that appears to be a primary motivation for South Korea’s planned seven-satellite regional positioning, navigation and timing system.

Korea’s Korea Positioning System (KPS) will be the seventh satellite network devoted to navigation and it may be the last.

Current system providers — the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan and India — are now concerned that the inclined-geosynchronous and medium-Earth orbits used for these systems will require special traffic management and . . .

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