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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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Satellites and Spacecraft

Satellites and Spacecraft

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In Defense of Japan
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the trajectory of Japan's satellites and spacecraft technologies, focusing on the range of technologies that have been developed and which will henceforth enable Japan to deploy its military space infrastructure. It discusses the rationale for a focus on satellite and spacecraft technology under the rubric of the so-called Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and chronicles the development of Japan's Information Gathering Satellites. The chapter also considers a range of spacecraft technologies that provided Japan with potential anti-satellite and counterspace capabilities.

Keywords:   satellites, spacecraft technologies, military space infrastructure, RMA, Information Gathering Satellites, anti-satellite capability, counterspace capability

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