US - Japanese Aerospace Military Force Launches 2019
The Federation of Planets Begins
A few scant sentences on an Internet media source tipped us off to big plans between America and Japan.
Previously we found that Japan and NASA are working together on aerospace partnerships and have been doing so for a few years. In 2014, these space partners of sorts announced plans for a combined aerospace military group to launch in 2019.
Over 3,000 Debris Objects Litter Space in 2014
The goal of the military space group is to deflect and/or eliminate space junk in the cosmos before it can damage ships, space stations, satellites, and other equipment launched by the various space agencies of Earth.
Because the new program of space junk elimination is undertaken by joint military efforts, the activity takes on a military and defense aspect more than it appears as a garbage cleanup detail.
Interestingly, the United Nations keeps a registry of all items launched into space at its Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna. As of today, I count 38 separate countries that have launched objects ito space, which likely is a surprise to some Americans familiar with the Space Age activities of only USA, Russia/USSR, Canada, China, Japan, Italy, and perhaps Australia and Korea. Even small Lithuania and large Mexico have launched something into space.
The new joint military program can target particular objects. What will be the disposition of objects whose countries want them returned is unclear.
The debris clean up project has been discussed at Japan's Space Expo 2014 during July 19, 2014 through September 23, 2014. The Expo highlights American space history and the new Japanese advancements that include:
- Hayabusa asteroid explorer craft
- Kibo experimental module
- Epsilon rocket system
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Ongoing Japanese and American Project: Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (since before 2012)
Debris Elimination and Information
In early 2010, a company called Star Inc. won a US government contract from the Navy/SPAWAR division to run a feasibility study on eliminating space debris.
SPAWAR is the US Navy Information Dominance Systems Command, associated with communications and data for warfighters and aerospace activities. That might sound ominous enough to alert the public's expectations of conflict in outer space for control of resources and properties. If that conflict occurs, then Japan and the USA have already staked a claim on this new frontier.
The Japanese call the aerospace frontier The Fourth Battlefield, - according to Kelsey-Campbell Dollaghan in a substantial article placed by GISMODO under a heading at "Star Wars."
Aerospace is the fourth battlefield after the traditional Land, Sea, and Air. Paul Revere would need to add "and three if by air space" if he were warning the public of enemy attack today.
In another consideration, humans seem to have now littered the land, the sea, and the cosmos.
Quote from Kelsey-Campbell Dollaghan
Another main goal will be monitoring military activity in space, information that will also be shared with the U.S. Strategic Command. In other words, this is our first step into a truly militarized space.
Quote from the South China Morning Post
August 4, 2014
According to the source, Japan and the US had been paying close attention to the debris issue since 2007, when a missile launched from China destroyed one of its own satellites as a test.
... in Washington in May, the Japanese and US governments pledged to enhance their cooperation on using satellites for debris monitoring and marine surveillance...
REFERENCE: Access link here.
Help from Australian Space Junk Tracking Station
Lockheed Martin joined the Australian technology company called Electro Optic Systems PTY Ltd. to track space debris at a dedicated tracking station in Australia.
The station equipment will tell us what comprises the debris, how fast it is traveling, and in what direction is its spin. This adds accuracy and speed to the concept of garbage collection in space and Japan has already produced means of pulling trash out of the cosmos with magnetic nets.
What About This Space Garbage?
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Space debris likely can supply large quantities of data of use to America's military and private aerospace programs. In addition, some of the debris probably can be recycled for military or private use and perhaps government contracts will awarded for that recycling.
Japan's JAXA space agency apparently has wanted to clean up cosmic space around the Earth and Luna for several years, according to speculation around the Internet.
"Cleaning up" a place can also mean monitoring it and providing law enforcement protection, as in "cleaning up the streets" from crime. Some credence can be given to public concern that the military garbage collection program can lead to military control of near-Earth space and of Earth itself.
In February 2014, a JAXA program launched a test satellite to determine if the equipment will operate and open as needed, ultimately in order to collect debris in the near future.
Nasa.gov info - New Astronauts of 2013 will go to Mars.
Nasa.gov and Star Trek® - Film recruits members for "Starfleet" - type unit.
Nasa.gov and JAXA - Partnerships in Space - NASA Commercial Crew and Japanese Partners
NASA Warns Others Away from its Stuff
- Space Scholarships and NASA's "Stuff" On the Moon
The US Space Program seems so far ahead of schedule that NASA issued an edict in 2012 for other explorers in America, as well as international space agencies, to leave their offloaded materials and equipment alone Up There.
Space Programs are Proliferating
- Inventions Of the US Space Program - NASA Spinoffs, ...
From better underwear to life saving medications, inventions created in Outer Space are making life on Earth better. Here are a number of inventions for 2012 alone. You'll be amazed and entertained.
- Korean Outer Space Exploration and Technologies
South Korea has entered the Space Exploration business and makes a good partner for the USA in joint projects in Aerospace Business. This incudes Asteroid Mining as of 2012.
© 2014 Patty Inglish
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