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Ukraine asks Japan for satellite data amid Russian invasion

TOKYO — Ukraine has asked Japan for satellite imagery, Nikkei has learned, as it tries to fend off invading Russian troops.   Ukraine is believed to be seeking high-resolution ground imagery to get a better grasp of the movements of Russian troops. Japan operates satellites with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that can capture images day and night, and through clouds….Read more

  • March 17, 2022
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Asian space business upended by Russia’s war in Ukraine

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent   TOKYO — Japan and South Korea are scrambling for alternatives to space launch services from Russia’s Soyuz as Asia deals with the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.   Satellite operators are trying to wean themselves off the inexpensive Russian launch services they have long relied on. With economic sanctions in place….Read more

  • March 15, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:09 p.m.
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Japan startup helps satellites send data in geopolitical crises

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondent   TOKYO — Infostellar will expand its business of connecting satellites to ground stations, allowing satellite operators to quickly access the data gathered by their eyes in the sky. The Tokyo startup sees strong demand from satellite operators monitoring events on the ground amid geopolitical tensions.   Infostellar’s customers are operators of….Read more

  • March 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 11:00 a.m.
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Japanese, US groups hook up in bid to use Oita Airport for space plane landings

BEPPU, Oita — Southwest Japan’s Oita Prefectural Government, a U.S. space plane developer and a Japanese trading company signed a partnership agreement on Feb. 26 as they hope to use Oita Airport for space plane landings.   Sierra Space Corp., based in the United States, is developing a space plane to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), and….Read more

  • March 1, 2022
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Samples collected by Hayabusa2 represent Ryugu asteroid

Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)–Pebbles and sand brought by the Hayabusa2 explorer from Ryugu are “a representative sample” of the asteroid, a Japanese team has said.   The team, including researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, and the University of Tokyo, published this on the Thursday edition of U.S. journal Science.   Hayabusa2 landed on Ryugu twice,….Read more

  • February 11, 2022
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Editorial: Extend ISS operation to develop lunar exploration technology

Extending the operation of the International Space Station (ISS), which orbits about 400 kilometers above the Earth, is under consideration.   For humans to hone their exploration skills on the moon and Mars, it is realistic to use existing facilities.   Jointly operated by countries including Japan, the United States, some European states and Russia, the construction of the ISS….Read more

  • February 14, 2022
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Editorial: Japan must accelerate development of next-generation mainstay rocket

The business of space development is entering a new era of competition.   Japan must quickly develop a next-generation mainstay rocket that can compete against the rest of the world.   However, the development of the H-3, a new domestic rocket being jointly developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has been delayed.  ….Read more

  • January 30, 2022
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ArkEdge procures 1.67 billion yen to test optical communications in space

ArkEdge Space, which operates an artificial satellite business, raised 1.67 billion yen through a third-party allocation of newly issued shares to engage in research. ArkEdge plans to develop a satellite able to communicate optically with Earth while orbiting the moon and aims to launch the satellite in FY2025.   The funds raised will also be used to develop satellites and….Read more

  • January 26, 2022
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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
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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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