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Japan joins Artemis mission with Gateway contribution

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Japans joins: The country’s space agency JAXA will cooperate with NASA on the lunar Gateway, the outpost planned to orbit the Moon, NASA said. Japan will provide several capabilities for the Gateway’s International Habitation module (I-Hab), which will provide the heart of Gateway life support capabilities and …

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Japanese ex-astronaut to develop first wooden satellite

Paris, 5 January 2021. – A sustainable one: A former astronaut and professor of Kyoto University and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Forestry want to build the first wooden satellite and started research on the use of wood in space, BBC and other international media reported. Wooden satellites would burn …

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Japan joins forces with U.S. Space Force

Paris, 28 December 2020. – The U.S. Space Force and Japan’s Office of National Space Policy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch two U.S. payloads on Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System. The Department of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center is developing the payloads, which feature Space Domain …

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Japan’s first StriX satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – On Electron: Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective will launch its first of 30 StriX satellites on Rocket Lab’s 17th Electron vehicle, its seventh mission of the year, Rocket Lab announced. The Synspective mission is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on 12 December UTC …

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Japanese space debris specialist Astroscale raises $51 million

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Astroscale raised an additional funding of $51 million from a group of investors, bringing the total capital raised to $191 million, the Japanese orbital debris removal company said today. This latest round makes Astroscale the most funded on-orbit services and logistics company globally and most funded space …

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Japanese SpaceTech startup Warpspace raises USD $3 Million

Warpspace, the Japanese spacetech startup developing an inter-satellite data relay network using optical modules, announced the additional fund raising and has reached $3 M in total. The additional fund is led by a VC operated by the biggest Japanese bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd. At the same time, Warpspace’s …

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Australia and Japan strengthen space collaboration

The Australian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signalling new opportunities to increase space collaboration between the two nations. The signing took place at a bilateral meeting between the Agency and JAXA, and was later acknowledged at the Australia-Japan Virtual Leaders Meeting …

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NASA and Japan to collaborate on Artemis program

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the Government of Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Koichi Hagiuda signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) during a virtual meeting on July 9 (July 10 Japan time). The JEDI describes the plans for cooperation regarding the International Space …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies’ Private Rocket Launch Fails

A private rocket from a Japanese firm, Interstellar Technologies, failed to launch on Sunday.  At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday in the town of Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, the Interstellar rocket, “Momo-F5”, experienced an anomaly approximately 68-70 seconds after launch. The “Momo-F5” rocket’s engine nozzle broke, causing the rocket to lose balance. In …

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