Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

Noda, IGS, and the DPJ's Space Dilemma

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]  In his address to the Diet in mid-September, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stated that -  “In order to call forth the aspiration to become a pioneer of a new era among the young, we will advance the development of human resources, including the bringing up global human resources, and educate...

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Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

Looking Closer at Japanese Satellite Networks During Disaster Response

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.] Earlier this week, I wrote about a report issued by the Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters (NERHQ). I mentioned that it raised questions about the overall performance, reliability and robustness of Japan’s satellite networks including the “Local Authorities Satellite Communications Network” or LASCOM. Kazuto Suzuki, Professor...

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Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking...

Japanese Satellites Performed Perfectly, but Once the Ground Stopped Shaking…

[Courtesy of Peter J. Brown, originally published at Japanese in Space.]   The Government of Japan’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters has released its findings entitled, “Report of Japanese Government to the  IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety – The Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations” dated June 2011.  While the report is geared for a specific technical...

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Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

Guest Post: Japanese options in space multiply

The Japanese space sector as a whole is coming to an important crossroads with production capacity on the increase while it strives to fill a huge gaping hole in its radar satellite coverage. Can it keep up with the competition?

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Japan's Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

Japan’s Earthquake Revealed Key Satellite Gaps

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.] When Japan’s earthquake struck, Japan’s wired and wireless communications were quickly knocked out as the telecommunications infrastructure in the impacted zone collapsed. While much has been said about the importance of wireless social networking in such dire circumstances, the reality is that Japan’s emergency communications...

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Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

Satellites Stack Up Over Japan: Chinese Satellites Fall into Line, Too

[The following guest post is courtesy of Peter J. Brown.]   One recent entry on the “SpaceAID” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan following the earthquake and tsunami has attracted very little...

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