Japan’s entire space program faces a major overhaul.

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Feeling the heat of competition: Japan’s entire space program faces a major overhaul.

In the last few decades Japan has not done very well in space when compared to other Asian countries like China and India. Thus, this overhaul. Yet, based on this article, it doesn’t seem to me that they are making the real changes they need to do to successfully compete. If anything, it sounds instead like the actions of a bureaucracy that is merely rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship, in the hope that this will somehow save it.



  • I like the simplicity of their goals: national security, and boost industry.

    I’d argue that there’s nothing a government can do to boost industry except getting out of the way, but hey…

  • Kelly Starks

    I worked with a guy at Hamilton Sundstrand that was part of a team reviewing the Japanise Maned space program. They weer HORRIBLE! Training just reexercized folks doing perfect day executions of the mission plans over and over – NO test on what they would do when a problem happened. Air intake for the underwater suits umbilicals was right next to the exaust for the emergency generators – so in a emergency you poison the astronaut in zero G training. Folks couldn’t even find the keys to get into the cabinet holding emergency valves or circuts.


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