12 Apr '15, 4pm

Japan Begins National Security Space Buildup

Japan Begins National Security Space Buildup

An H-2A rocket lifts off March 26 from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima Island, carrying into orbit a new Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) to replace another Japanese spy satellite coming to the end of its working life. (Photo: Jiji Press/Getty Images) CONNECT 34 TWEET 4 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE TOKYO — In January, Japan's Office of National Space Policy cemented a new 10-year space strategy that for the first time folds space policy into national security strategy, both to enhance the US-Japan alliance and to contain China. Under the third Basic Plan, Japan's priorities go beyond building out its regional GPS-backup Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) navigation constellation, advancing its space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities and developing a maritime domain awareness (MDA) constellation. The country will also as much as double its Infor...

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