Kim Jong-un joined the heads of state from the Greater Korean Republic member countries
at the Kagoshima Space Center on Kyushu Island in Japan to observe the launch of an M-6
rocket bearing the first of many "Starry Messenger" class GPS satellites. Meant to replace
the US military's aging GPS system, the launch marks Korea's first foray into space travel.
Many countries have begun to work with the Koreans to supply the parts and materials
necessary to create the network of satellites that will form the backbone of the system.
"GPS was one of the greatest accomplishments of the United States," a spokesman for the
Korean Space Program said. "And like the Americans we want to share this technology with
the world in the hopes that it will improve the lives of all and help bring new light to the
waning global economy."
After massive defense cutbacks and ongoing internal turmoil, the US was forced to stop
supporting the GPS system that it created, an advanced system which decayed rapidly
without the stream of financial support necessary to keep it afloat. The system is now
starting to collapse, with many high-profile satellites crashing into the sea over the past year.