JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

Sep 1, 2014

JAXA hopes to repeat asteroid success with Hayabusa2

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency unveiled the new asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 to the press over the weekend as it looks to outdo the particle-collecting feat achieved by its predecessor in 2010. “I’m grateful because the new asteroid probe is now nearly complete,” professor Hitoshi ...

Aug 3, 2014

Japan to create SDF space monitoring division by 2019

The government intends to create a space monitoring division within the Self-Defense Forces by around 2019 and the Defense Ministry has already informed the United States, a source close to the bilateral relationship said Saturday. Initially, the force will be tasked with monitoring dangerous ...

'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

Jul 26, 2014

'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

by Ben Brady

With man’s natural curiosity and a potentially endless, undiscovered universe waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder that space appeals equally to both the scientist and the fantasist. The “Space Expo 2014″ collaborative exhibition being hosted through Sept. 23 by U.S. space agency NASA ...

Contemporary art is not lost in space

Jul 18, 2014

Contemporary art is not lost in space

by John L. Tran

While space art is a relatively small field — in which works that have actually been created in space is an even smaller subset — it can only become more commonplace as costs fall and the private sector promises to open up space travel ...

Space-based power stations on the horizon

May 27, 2014

Space-based power stations on the horizon

by Mizuho Aoki

Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies ...

Global rainfall satellite launched

Feb 28, 2014

Global rainfall satellite launched

Japan successfully launched its latest rocket Friday, carrying a high-tech satellite to monitor global rainfall and help meteorologists forecast big storms, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The H-IIA rocket blasted off from the island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Preecture, at 3:37 am as ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility ...

Dec 27, 2013

Rain gauge satellite slated for launch from Tanegashima in February

An H-IIA rocket will be launched from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Feb. 28 carrying a satellite to gauge rainfall, according to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The rocket is slated for liftoff within a two-hour ...

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

Dec 25, 2013

JAXA plans to test new large rocket from 2020

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to launch a new large-scale test rocket in fiscal 2020 and another the following year. The rocket, provisionally dubbed H-III, is a successor to JAXA’s H-IIA launch vehicle. According to JAXA’s plan, reported to a science ministry panel ...