Japanese military strengthens ties with U.S. Space Command

April 2, 2021



U.S. Space Command announced April 1 it has signed an agreement with Japan that will increase collaboration on space security.

Under the agreement, an officer from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force will be assigned full-time at U.S. Space Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

U.S. Space Command has been working with Japan for some time on space situational data sharing agreements, missile warning data sharing and through multinational space events. In December the U.S. Space Force and Japan’s Office of National Space Policy agreed to launch two U.S. payloads on Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, a constellation used for regional navigation.

The Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center is developing two optical sensor payloads that are scheduled to launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center in 2023 and 2024…


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