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Japan to establish Space Monitoring Unit in 2022

10th December 2018 - 00:18 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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Japan’s MoD will establish a Space Monitoring Unit within the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) in FY2022, its mission to track space debris and hostile killer satellites.

Dependency on space and on defending satellites is becoming a serious issue for Japan.

Currently Japan’s Space Situation Awareness (SSA) system falls under the civil Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), which operates radar and optical telescopes at the Space Guard Center in Okayama Prefecture. However, their monitoring capacity is insufficient.

The MoD started R&D of the SSA system in FY2015, with consideration for concretisation of maintenance and operations from FY2018. Actual SSA operations

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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