Creation of a space defense command in Japan

After the official creation of the US Space Force on December 20, 2019, or that of a Space Command within the French Air Force on January 9, it is now the turn of Japan to announce the formation of a space defense unit, as Associated Press Mari Yamaguchi reports. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that this new unit would be operational by 2022 to protect the country from any space threat, in close coordination with the US Space Force, which is expected to ramp up significantly in the next four years.

The Space Domain Mission Unit will start its activities within the Japanese Self-Defense Air Force (JASDF) from April, with a headquarters established on the air base of Fuchu, west of Tokyo. About 2022 people are expected to work there initially, but human resources are expected to increase rapidly by the end of XNUMX.

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Japan has a full range of space launchers, capable of deploying heavy geostationary satellites but also, if necessary, constellations of small military satellites in low orbit.

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