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New Rocket Launch Period In And Around Tanegashima

File image: Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC).
by Staff Writers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 03, 2010
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is currently allowed to conduct rocket launches from the Tanegashima Space Center and the Uchinoura Space Center during some specific periods for 190 days in total per year thanks to the understanding and cooperation of fishermen around Tanegashima.

On the other hand, the Basic Plan for Space Policy mentions, "Launch sites are an important infrastructure that ensures Japan's independent access to space.

In addition, it is necessary to maintain their conditions so as to use the sites anytime even from a viewpoint of improving international competitiveness in commercial launch service by private sectors. (...) For that reason, Government will make efforts to (...) examine restrictions in the period of launch..." (Excerpt from the Basic Plan for Space Policy)

The fishery council for the Tanegashima area and JAXA have been proposing the expansion of the launch period from 190 days to all year round from April 2011 to the fishery organizations of five related prefectures (Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kochi, and Ehime Prefectures) aiming at securing launch opportunities whenever necessary and establishing a more open launch site system that is comparable to that in other countries.

We are pleased to announce that the fishery council for the Tanegashima area and JAXA reached the following agreement with the fishery organizations of the five prefectures.

1. Launch Period From April 2011, we will abolish restrictions on limited launch periods for regular launch periods and special launch periods, and the launch period will be expanded from 190 days to all year round.

2. Number of launches The number of rocket launches will be limited to 17 per year, as present.



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