Space program of Japan: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

Japan launchs world’s biggest transport space ship for space station

Japan has successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft “Kounotori8” towards the International Space Station (ISS) from the Tanegashima Space Center at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in southwestern Japan. The acronym ‘Kounotori8’ stands for “white stork” in Japanese & intends to deliver about 5.3 tonnes of supplies to astronauts at the ISS.

Japan ‘s privately developed rocket ‘Momo-3’ reached outer space

A Japanese aerospace startup Interstellar Technology Inc. has become the first private firm in Japan to launch a rocket into space. It has successfully launched a small rocket ‘Momo-3’ from its test site in Hokkaido, which reached about 110 kilometers (68 miles) in altitude before falling into the Pacific Ocean after 10 minutes of flight ..

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)

Japan’s version GPS and is dubbed as Michibiki system The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS is a project of the Japanese government for the development of a four-satellite regional time transfer system and a satellite-based augmentation system for the United States operated Global Positioning System (GPS) to be receivable in the Asia-Oceania regions, with a focus on Japan. QZSS services are scheduled to commence in November 2018.  The ..