Signing of a Cooperation Arrangement on Satellite Positioning Application
The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and the European Commission entered into a Cooperation Arrangement for enhancing EU-Japan policy cooperation to determine industrial fields for priority utilizing satellite positioning and create new businesses and services. A Cooperation Arrangement signing ceremony was held during the EU-Japan GNSS Mission 2nd EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan on March 8.
H.E. Mr. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, ambassador of the European Union to Japan, stated that he welcomes this arrangement: “This written arrangement is a turning point for strengthening the cooperative relationship.”
The Cooperation Arrangement was signed by Mr. Shuzo Takada, director-general, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office (left) and Mr. Pierre Delsaux, DG GROW, deputy director-general, European Commission (right).
Regarding EU-Japan collaboration in the space sector, a decision to start a space policy dialogue was made at the Japan-EU Summit in 2013, and meetings were held in October 2014 and March 2016. At the most recent space dialogue, further collaboration was agreed in the application field, including autonomous cars, railways, agriculture, and GNSS standardization. The first EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable took place at The Hague in the Netherlands in June 2016.
During the 2nd EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable, the Cabinet Office introduced the latest information on the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), for which trial services were started in FY2017 under a four-satellite constellation. The European Commission introduced the latest information on Galileo, for which some services were launched in 2016, and the EGNOS Programme. Many of the latest EU and Japan application case studies in industrial fields were also introduced, including the automotive, agriculture, construction, railway, and maritime fields.
EU-Japan GNSS Mission (Day 1)
EU-Japan GNSS Mission (Day 2)
The first simultaneous launch of four Galileo European positioning satellites was successful
The salvaged fifth and sixth Galileo satellites to start sending test signals
Eutelsat launched a communication satellite equipped with a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) payload
China launched its third BeiDou satellite this year
The GSA will establish the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands
Russian positioning satellite GLONASS-M was successfully launched on May 29
The thirteenth and fourteenth Galileo European positioning satellites were successfully launched
IRNSS-1G was successfully launched, completing the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System
China launched its twenty-second BeiDou satellite on March 30
Indian positioning satellite IRNSS-1F was successfully launched on March 10
Russian positioning satellite GLONASS-M was successfully launched on February 7
GPS IIF-12 satellite was successfully launched on February 5
China launched its twenty-first BeiDou satellite on February 1
Successful launch of the Indian IRNSS-1E positioning satellite
Fifteen positioning satellites were launched in 2015
The latest version (ver.2.0) of GNSS View
Galileo 11 and 12 satellites were successfully launched on December 17
Launch of Indian satellite GSAT-15 in the GAGAN system
GPS IIF-11 satellite was successfully launched on an Atlas V rocket
China launched its twentieth BeiDou satellite on September 30
Two Galileo satellites were successfully launched
GPS IIF-10 was successfully launched by the U.S., and two BeiDou satellites were successfully launched by China