U.S. Space Force establishes a South Korean headquarters to monitor North Korean missiles

Seoul: As North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities continue to advance, the American and South Korean forces are establishing space-monitoring units in South Korea to keep track of its nuclear and missile operations.

South Korea’s air force merged space-related units into a Space Operations Squadron on Thursday, the same day the U.S. Space Force launched a regional command there. They are anticipated to utilize satellites to enhance surveillance.

In November, North Korea reportedly tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the American mainland.

At a news conference, the Ministry of National Defense of the South described the measures. According to the Yonhap News Agency, this will be the second Space Force command headquarters outside the United States, following Hawaii.

The South Korean air force has stated that it expects the Space Operations Squadron to increase the effectiveness of space operations, with a focus on the utilization of space-based intelligence for national security. It stated that it would boost collaboration with the U.S. space force in South Korea and that “we want to expand the U.S.-South Korea alliance’s combined space operations capacity.”

China and Russia are attempting to use space for security objectives, joining the United States and European nations in this endeavor. Several satellite military applications include observation of equipment and infrastructure such as missile launch sites, detection of missile launches, and collection of positional information on weapon systems.

North Korea is developing multiple hypersonic missiles, including hypersonic glide vehicles that may alter their trajectory after the booster stage. North Korea has previously demonstrated its ability to manufacture ICBMs. Traditional ballistic missiles with predictable parabolic trajectories are reportedly easier to identify and stop than these.

There is a growing need for and development of satellite-based missile tracking and early launch detection technologies. In June, South Korea launched a rocket and is developing its space-related technologies.