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Launch of SDF space mission squadron to enhance space collaboration with U.S.

  • May 21, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi ran a prominent inside-page article on the recent establishment by the ASDF of a 20-member space domain mission unit, spotlighting a video message celebrating the launch posted on Twitter by U.S. Space Command Commander Raymond. While explaining that the squadron’s primary mission will initially be “space situational awareness” – monitoring the some 19,000 items of space debris in collaboration with the U.S. military – the daily suspected that Japan may be pressed by the U.S. to cooperate on its missile defense system in outer space, as China and Russia are moving rapidly to take control of space by developing killer satellites and hypersonic weapons. A GOJ source was quoted as saying: “Japan, including the U.S. bases in its territory, is facing the threat of Chinese and Russian hypersonic weapons. It is important for the U.S. and Japan to deal with such threats jointly by utilizing space.”

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