The nation’s capital is now hosting one of the largest displays of satellite technology and equipment that can be seen elsewhere in the globe. This occurs at a time when the role that space plays in both the economy and in maintaining national security is becoming increasingly essential.
More than 350 exhibitors from 112 countries and regions, including the United States of America and Japan, will be present at the expo.
One of the examples of cutting-edge technology on display is a replica of a satellite created by a start-up company located in Tokyo. The spacecraft features robotic arms.
It is intended to dock with malfunctioning satellites that are orbiting the earth and then use its arms to perform necessary modifications and repairs.
Another Japanese exhibitor is demonstrating a system that can transfer marine data from satellites to high-speed networks on the ground below.
According to Yonekura Eiichi, a member of the Sky Perfect JSAT Group: “When it comes to matters of national defense, space will be very crucial. We would want to highlight the fact that we have already begun conducting business in the industry in order to highlight our strengths, capabilities, and knowledge in the area.”
The United States and Japan are making efforts to advance their space cooperation. They confirmed in January that Article Five of their security treaty, which requires the United States to protect Japan if the latter is attacked, can extend to space under specific situations. This provision requires the United States to defend Japan if the latter is attacked.