NASA's Ames Research Center and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have agreed to co-operate on technologies including satellite communication and navigation, planetary exploration, lunar science, rovers and small satellites.

The two organisations have been discussing possible collaboration since October 2007. "We are exploring a new partnership with South Korea in future satellite research and development," says Ames director Pete Worden.

KAIST was involved in the launch of Korea's first satellite, Uribyeol'1, in 1992. The country has launched 10 satellites since then, the latest being the 1m- (3.3ft) resolution Earth observation spacecraft Arirang 2.

KAIST, which has over 7,000 students, is based in the Deadeok Research Complex 150km (90 miles) south of Seoul. Last year the institute decided to teach all new students in English.