The government has compiled an interim report for the revision of the schedule of the "Space Basic Plan", which shows the basic policy of space policy.

With Russia's military invasion of Ukraine in mind, it includes the early construction of a system that enhances information gathering capabilities by linking a large number of small satellites.

The government held a meeting of the Space Development Strategy Headquarters at the Prime Minister's Office on the 20th, and compiled an interim report for the revision of the schedule of the Space Basic Plan, which is being carried out at the end of each year.



In this, we included the early construction of a "satellite constellation" that can collect information frequently by linking a large number of small satellites.

In addition to the need to strengthen defense capabilities due to Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, it is also useful for quickly grasping the situation at the time of a disaster.



In addition, we will promote cooperation in the space field, such as exchanging satellite data on climate change countermeasures and the use of marine resources, in the framework of the four countries of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India, quad.



Furthermore, regarding the international lunar exploration program "Artemis Program" led by the United States and in which Japan also participates, it aims to realize the landing of Japanese astronauts on the moon by the latter half of the 2020s.

Prime Minister Kishida "Expanding rocket launch capability"

At the Space Development Strategy Headquarters, Prime Minister Kishida said, "By linking a large number of small satellites with each other, we will build an artificial satellite to build a" satellite constellation "that can be used for quick understanding of the disaster situation and communication in the event of a disaster. It is necessary to launch a large number of satellites. While Russian rockets cannot be utilized, the launch capability of the rockets will be expanded and it will be possible to launch multiple artificial satellites at the same time with high frequency. "

Minister of Science and Technology Kobayashi "We will take all possible measures for security utilizing space"

Regarding the interim report for the revision of the schedule of the Basic Space Plan, which was finalized on the 20th, the Minister of Science and Technology Kobayashi, who is in charge of space policy, said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting on the 20th, "Security utilizing outer space. It is extremely important to take all possible measures and promote policies in a way that is consistent with the industrial field. "

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