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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Japan Teams-Up With US To Zap Space Junk

Here's a story from Kyodo.

The image above: A Japanese H-IIA rocket with the NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory onboard blasts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the Japanese southwestern island of Tanegashima, about 1,000km (621 miles) southwest of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo early February 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Kyodo).

It's about Japan planning to launch a military space force by 2019 that would initially be tasked with protecting satellites from dangerous debris orbiting the Earth.

Let's just leave it there for a second.

Since this is Japan, and all, how many others out there wonder if this military space force will include some sort of giant robot?

Yeah... me, too.

According to Kyodo news agency, this plan will strengthen Japan-US cooperation in space, and comes after the countries pledged to boost joint work on monitoring space debris.

It will also strengthen the bond between the two countries on the ground and on the sea... to help protect interests in the southern seas over possible Chinese aggression over the Ryukyu islands.

According to Kyodo, Japan would provide the U.S. military with information obtained by the force as part of the joint bid to strengthen ties in space, the so-called "fourth battlefield."

Apparently the plan is for Japan's Defence Ministry to create the space force using personnel from its own Air Self-Defence Force, also known as Japan's air force.

Damn... no robots. 

The unit would acquire radar and telescope facilities, jointly with Japan's Science Ministry and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to run its observatory operations.

There are 1,000s of pieces of space debris—including old satellites as well as pieces of rockets and other space equipment—orbiting Earth that could collide with still-functioning communications and reconnaissance satellites.

There is no mention of cost, or even where this money will be coming from for either country, or even what the U.S. will be bringing to the table.

It all sounds so 1980s-like Star Wars... not the movies, but rather the self-defense bubble that was conceived of, the SDI or Strategic Defense Initiative, that would have used missiles to defend the US against any sort of hankypanky by the then big, bag ThreeCP otherwise known as the USSR or Soviet Union.

As for zapping space junk, I still think there should be giant flying robots with lasers.

Andrew Joseph


  1. It is good to see that, one of the major defence ministry Japan is looking at creating the new force using personnel from the Air Self-Defense Force, the country's air force, it added.Space debris getting dust from solid rocket motors, surface degradation products such as paint flakes.Impacts of these particles cause erosive damage, similar to the sandblasting. Monitor this debris Japan is planning to launch a military space air force by 2019 that will be going to protecting the satellites.

    1. Loved your baseball skills. :)
      This story is a follow-up to this one:
      Where Japan says it wants to pick-up space junk.
      So perhaps the 'protection racket' in this recent story is a better solution than being a space garbageman? Or, are they thinking of doing both?