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Japan likely to delay launch of new flagship H3 rocket again

TOKYO – Japan is set to further delay the launch scheduled by the end of March of its new flagship H3 rocket due to some defects, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.   The first flight of the H3 rocket had been postponed for a year from the launch date initially scheduled for some time in fiscal 2020 ended….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:18 p.m.
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Moonshots: U.S. and China fire up new era of cosmic competition

JAMES HAND-CUKIERMAN and MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writers   This is the first in a series of Nikkei Asia articles on the players, possibilities and problems of the new era in space.   TOKYO — If Xi Jinping, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were sent into space, would it change the world?   Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he contemplated….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:01 a.m.
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Japan to step up ‘solar flare’ forecasts

Japan’s government is taking steps to strengthen ways to forecast the impact of solar flares on social infrastructure, such as GPS and power grids.   Solar flares are large-scale eruptions on the surface of the sun. The solar activity has a cycle and is expected to intensify around 2025.   Scientists say charged particles and shock waves released by these….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
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Researchers to use Mt. Fuji to simulate Martian satellite exploration

In fiscal 2022, a research team from the University of Tokyo will begin using Mt. Fuji as a simulation of the Martian satellite of Phobos in demonstration tests for studying the shape of terrain from the air. The tests will be conducted in preparation for the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission to bring back rocks and other samples from the….Read more

  • January 5, 2022
  • , Yomiuri , p. 33
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Japan to participate in Artemis lunar probe project

Monday’s Nikkei wrote that Japan’s lunar exploration will get into full swing this year. The paper wrote that Japan is planning to launch two microminiature uncrewed vehicles developed jointly by JAXA and the University of Tokyo via the United States’ Space Launch System together with NASA’s Orion spacecraft in February or later as part of the Artemis mission. Noting that….Read more

  • January 3, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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GOJ updates space program

According to Yomiuri, Asahi, and Nikkei, the GOJ Space Development Strategy Headquarters released a revised version of the nation’s space exploration program on Tuesday, expressing its commitment to sending Japanese astronauts to the moon in the latter half of the 2020s through NASA’s Artemis lunar development initiative. The document also called for greater public-private partnership for the development of a….Read more

  • December 29, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Opening remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Greene at Nikkei Virtual Global Forum

Nikkei held the “Nikkei Virtual Global Forum: The Future of Space” in Tokyo on Dec. 8. The gathering discussed moon travel, the development of planetary exploration, and increasing competition in satellite observation. Government authorities, astronauts, and experts from Japan and overseas participated and discussed businesses opportunities in space and their future outlook. At the start of the conference, the Japan….Read more

  • December 28, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 26
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NASA, JAXA to join hands in addressing climate change 

Monday evening’s Nikkei wrote that the governments of the United States and Japan are exploring the possibility of jointly addressing climate change by using data collected by satellites. The paper wrote that NASA has invited JAXA to participate in its project to elucidate the interaction between aerosol, clouds, convection, and precipitation on earth by analyzing data collected by radar, radiometer, and cameras installed on….Read more

  • December 27, 2021
  • , Nikkei evening edition
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Japan aims to send astronauts to the moon in late 2020s 

Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ has decided on a plan to send Japanese astronauts to the moon in the late 2020s. The paper wrote that Prime Minister Kishida, who chairs the GOJ’s strategic headquarters for space development, will announce the plan at its meeting today. The paper speculated that the plan is aimed at consolidating Japan’s position as a leader in space development by realizing a crewed moon landing. The….Read more

  • December 28, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Tottori sand dunes serving as site for AR-based experiment for lunar development

The Tottori sand dunes along the coast of the Sea of Japan in Tottori City are drawing enormous attention from the space industry. I participated in a “lunar polar expedition” that Amulapo, a space startup based in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, began to offer in November 2021.

  • December 19, 2021
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily digital , 2:00 a.m.
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