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In Defense of JapanFrom the Market to the Military in Space Policy$
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Saadia Pekkanen and Paul Kallender-Umezu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804700634

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804700634.001.0001

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Launch Vehicles

Launch Vehicles

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In Defense of Japan
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the progression of Japan's ballistic missile-centric capabilities through an examination of the space launch vehicles (SLVs) in the country's official space program over the postwar period. It identifies what components Japan has developed that speak to its ballistic missile capability, and investigates how Japan acquired such components through the technical and institutional infrastructure in its civilian SLV program over the postwar period. The chapter also discusses liquid, and especially solid, rockets, which have implications for Japan's acquisition of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology.

Keywords:   ballistic missiles, space launch vehicles, Japan, liquid rockets, solid rockets, ICBM technology

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