Japan to Launch "Space Force" in 2019

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In order to monitor debris in Earth's orbit, Japan will create a space force that will track movement with radars and telescopes.

Japan will launch a new "space force" in 2019, to monitor debris orbiting the Earth.

There are roughly 3,000 pieces of debris such as old satellites, rocket parts and various other equipment pieces floating around Earth. Satellites currently in orbit are threatened by the debris because of the potential damage it could cause.

Personnel from Japan's air force will be employed to observe space, or the "fourth battlefield."

The science ministry and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will work jointly with the new space force.

As a way to strengthen Japan and the United States' space bond, the two countries are working together on this issue. Information gathered by radars and telescopes will be shared with the U.S.

Since 2007, Japan and the U.S. have been closely watching the debris issue, after China launched a test missile to destroy one of its satellites.

Global security could be threatened if any debris were to damage reconnaissance or communications satellites.

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