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Wakata to participate in ISS expedition again

Sankei reported on an announcement on Tuesday by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency that Wakata Koichi will board SpaceX’s fifth Crew Dragon for a mission on the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for the autumn of 2022 or later. This will be his fifth flight to space. Wakata said in a statement: “As the world is still coping….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
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Cycling around Tokyo

On weekends, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Asia Representative Garvey McIntosh, 52, goes on cycling excursions to Tokyo suburbs with his colleagues at the U.S. Embassy, where he is based.   It all started when he was invited to join in the cycling trips by the deputy chief of mission at the embassy in April last year during the….Read more

  • October 7, 2021
  • , Yomiuri evening edition , p. 3
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Japan aiming to produce food in space for long stays

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s agriculture ministry aims to establish a system with which food can be produced and supplied stably in space, in preparation for extended trips for the exploration of the Moon and Mars.   The ministry will provide financial support of 310 million yen in fiscal 2021 to consortiums of universities, companies and other organizations researching and….Read more

  • October 6, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:30 p.m.
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Launch of Japan’s Epsilon-5 rocket put off again

Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)–The launch of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s fifth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket, scheduled for Thursday morning, was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions.   Wind conditions in the upper sky did not meet the criteria for liftoff, according to JAXA, which decided on the postponement about 20 minutes before the planned launch time at….Read more

  • October 7, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:47 a.m.
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JAXA suspends Epsilon rocket launch soon before liftoff

Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)–The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, on Friday morning suspended the launch of its fifth Epsilon solid-fuel rocket some 19 seconds before the scheduled liftoff time.   According to JAXA, a glitch occurred at ground radar equipment that monitors the Epsilon-5’s position and speed, located near the rocket’s launching pad. JAXA postponed the….Read more

  • October 1, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:11 p.m.
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Honda to enter satellite launch business by 2030

TOKYO — Honda Motor will launch a test rocket by 2030 as it looks to enter the small satellite launch business, the Japanese car company announced Thursday, applying combustion-engine and other automotive technologies to new areas, even as the car industry shifts to electric vehicles.   The satellite launch business is heating up and includes startups such as Tesla CEO….Read more

  • September 30, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:00 p.m.
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Honda to enter satellite launch business by 2030

Nikkei wrote that Honda Motor announced on Thursday that it will enter the small satellite launch business by aiming to launch a test rocket by 2030. Honda is planning to cut the cost of launching small satellites—typically as high as 5 billion yen ($44.6 million) for single-use rockets—in half by reusing rockets. The paper wrote that competition in the satellite….Read more

  • October 1, 2021
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Japan’s record altitude marked for hybrid rocket

Noshiro, Akita Pref., Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)–A hybrid rocket developed by a team including researches from Japan’s Kanagawa University lifted off on Sunday, reaching an estimated altitude of some 10.7 kilometers, a Japanese record for the type of launch vehicle touted for its low cost and safety advantages.   The rocket lifted off from a launch pad on the coast….Read more

  • September 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 1:41 p.m.
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Asia tries to find its niche amid SpaceX dominance

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent   TOKYO — As SpaceX and other U.S. startups ignite a space boom, companies in Asia are searching for their own niches in what is expected to grow into a $1 trillion market.   SpaceBD, a Tokyo-based rocket ride-share booking service established in 2017, appears to have found its niche in Australia….Read more

  • September 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 12:02 p.m.
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MIC to launch service to prevent satellites from breaking down

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will develop a service to prevent satellites from breaking down with the cooperation of the private and academic sectors in FY2021. When satellites are continuously charged by cosmic rays, their parts are prone to failure. A new type of sensor will monitor and maneuver the satellites so they do not break down.….Read more

  • September 16, 2021
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