Return From Orbit - Economics As A Driver Of Japanese Space Policy
Title - Alternative
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.
Technology in Society
Johnsonfreese, J.; Handberg, R.; and Webb, D. C., "Return From Orbit - Economics As A Driver Of Japanese Space Policy" (1992). Faculty Bibliography. 1699.