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Fourth Japanese GPS Satellite Launched Successfully (News)

Tanegashima, Kagoshima Pref., Oct. 10 (Jiji Press)—The fourth satellite for the Japanese version of the Global Positioning System was successfully launched Tuesday. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, launched an H-2A rocket carrying the Michibiki No. 4 satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, at 7…

Japanese Privately Developed Rocket Fails to Reach Space (News)

Taiki, Hokkaidō, July 30 (Jiji Press)—A small observation rocket launched by Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. on Sunday failed to reach space. The first Momo rocket, developed by the company, based in the town of Taiki in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaidō, was launched from a site in the town. The company aimed to bring the rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers o…

Japanese Privately-Developed Rocket to Be Launched on July 29 (News)

Tokyo, July 6 (Jiji Press)—An observation rocket developed by Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. is scheduled to blast off from a launch site in the town of Taiki, Hokkaidō, northern Japan, in the morning of July 29, the company said Thursday. It will be the first time for a rocket developed by a private company almost alone to make it into space. The launch will mark a "major m…

Japan’s Manned Space Development Pressed to Deal with Rapidly Changing AgeTerakado Kazuo

We have reached an age when humankind is attempting various new ventures in space. What will the future of manned space activities look like? A science journalist familiar with space development trends considers the path Japan should take.

Japan, France to Cooperate in Martian Moon Exploration Project (News)

Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, has announced that it and French space body CNES concluded an agreement to cooperate in a project to bring back samples from a Martian moon. In the Martian Moons Exploration, or MMX, project, a spacecraft will be sent close to the Red Planet's two moons--Phobos and Deimos. The spacecraft will land on one of the two, c…

New Law Aims to Expand Japan’s Space BusinessAoki Setsuko

The Space Activities Act, enacted last November, establishes procedures for licensing and supervision of rocket and satellite launches by private-sector companies. It also provides for government compensation to augment liability insurance coverage against accidents. The aim is to promote broad private-sector participation in space business.

Japan Fails in Launch of Satellite-Carrying Small Rocket (News)

Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Pref., Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)—The launch of Japan's SS-520-4, one of the world's smallest satellite-carrying rockets, ended in failure on Sunday due to problems with data communication, in a setback for a project to develop a low-cost commercial space business. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, launched the rocket from its Uchinoura Space Center in the town of …

Timeline for July 2016

The House of Councillors election is held, Emperor Akihito reportedly expresses a wish to abdicate, and cultural phenomenon Pokémon Go is launched in Japan. These are the leading news stories of July 2016.

Reaching for the Moon: Japan’s Team Hakuto Competes in International Lunar Race

The Google Lunar XPrize competition pits the technical prowess of teams from around the world in a race to successfully land a privately funded rover on the moon. Among the competitors in the global contest sponsored by Internet giant Google is Japanese team Hakuto. The Tokyo-based crew is considered to be a major contender after winning a Milestone Prize in the competition in 2015. Hakuto’s rover…

Second Chance at Venus Orbit for Wandering Akatsuki ProbeNakano Fujio /Tamazawa Harufumi

On December 7, 2015, the Akatsuki probe entered into orbit around Venus, five years after its first, failed attempt. The probe was launched by JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, in 2010, a year when the successful return of Hayabusa from its mission to gather asteroid dust changed the attitude of the Japanese public toward space exploration.

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