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Japan’s Three Primary Space Organizations Will Merge

By Marc Boucher
April 10, 2001
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Leaders of Japan's three primary agencies sign cooperative agreement.
Leaders of Japan’s three primary space agencies sign cooperative agreement. From left to right; Mr. Yamanouchi (NASDA), Mr. Heda (NAL), Mr. Matsuo (ISAS)

Japan’s three primary space organizations, the National Space Development
Agency of Japan (NASDA), the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
(ISAS), and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) have signed a cooperative
agreement. Effective immediately the three organizations will begin to
cooperate on all projects.


This is the first step in the merging of all three organizations into what the
Japanese government hopes will become a streamlined efficient national space
agency. An important goal of the merger is to improve Japan’s launch
capability and satellite development.


More details on this story will be posted as they come in.


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