Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea
Last Reviewed: January 2023

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute is the primary civilian aeronautic space agency for the Republic of Korea which works in conjunctly with the Ministry of Science and ICT to oversee space activity and development. South Korean space policy is built on three foundational space acts, the Aerospace Industry Promotion Act of 1987, the Space Development Promotion Act of 2005 and the Space Damage Compensation Act of 2007. These acts serve as developmental steps in the further expansion of South Korea’s national space infrastructure. In addition, the Republic of Korea’s current policy structure is based on the release of Short, Middle and Long-Term National Development Basic Plans. Military space activity is overseen in part by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense, Air Force, and Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Agency for Defense Development oversees military outer space defense development.