Title

Return From Orbit - Economics As A Driver Of Japanese Space Policy

Title - Alternative

Technol. Soc.

Keywords

Social Issues

Abstract

Japanese space policy has long moved more on the basis of economic considerations than the United States' program. This orientation is partially a function of the different point in time when their development began. In recent years, the economic imperative inherent in Japan's space program has become even clearer, with the focus of attention upon solar power satellites and the energy potential of Helium-3 found on the lunar surface. Both projects are long-term and in a true sense speculative, but provide a rationale for the existing Japanese program and the directions it is taking. Achieving economic return from space activities remains the holy grail, this approach may be one alternative.

Publication Title

Technology in Society

Volume

14

Issue/Number

4

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

395

Last Page

408

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1992JR52800004

ISSN

0160-791X

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