Kanematsu Company, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Rocker inc., Baker McKenzie, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd.Sierra Space Corporations and Blue Origin, LLC. were selected by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on “the feasibility study for the sustainable use of the space environment in low Earth orbit”.
This consortium will engage in incubating a new commercial space economy in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with the aim of a smooth transition from international space station (ISS), including the Japan Experiment Module (JEM) known as “KIBO” to a new LEO commercial destination. In the study, the consortium will examine all business models for cargo and crew transport, space utilization and return to earth. The consortium will also examine the business model of the crew transport service in Japan.
In the United States, LEO commercial activities are becoming popular and several companies have already worked on the Commercial LEO Free Flyer program led by Nasa. American companies like Sierra Space and Blue Origin are leading discussions on how to transfer from the ISS to the new commercial LEO destination.
In Japandiscussions are still ongoing on extending the ISS beyond 2025. The consortium will, however, proactively explore new business incubation in the LEO destination to enhance new businesses coming into this area, potentially addressing issues and generating innovation under the contract with JAXA.
1.Summary of this study:
(1) Consider how to participate in the new LEO destination
(2) Consider the space utilization business model
(3) Identify the current stage, obstacles and challenges, and propose the solutions
(4) Propose measures to demonstrate in JEM ‘KIBO’ to achieve smooth transfer
(5) Examine the business model of crew transport in Japan
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