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SDF launches Space Operations Squadron

  • May 19, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that on Monday the SDF launched the Space Operations Squadron, Japan’s first space operations unit tasked with monitoring space debris and other threats to artificial satellites, with the goal of having the unit begin full operations in fiscal 2023. The unit was established at an ASDF base in Fuchu, western Tokyo, with an initial size of around 20 personnel. Nikkei wrote that Japan will strengthen its cooperation with the United States in monitoring space debris through a space situational awareness (SSA) system to be launched in fiscal 2023. The papers quoted Defense Minister Kono as saying at the launch ceremony on Monday that it is important to ensure that Japan is an advantageous position in space and other new domains as well as on land, at sea, and in the skies amid the changing security environment.

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