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EU-Japan Space Business Week

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Japan Space Systems organised the EU-Japan Space Business Week- Link & Launch in Tokyo, Sapporo and Obihiro in Hokkaido from 5th to 8th September 2017. 4 EARSC members participated.

The event welcomed 5 European SMEs and 1 Italian industry cluster involved in Space Industries both upstream and downstream with a central focus on Earth Observation industries and applications. The European participants were – ACRI-ST, Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH, Deimos Imaging, Planetek and Sinergise.

This four days long mission was co-organised with EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Japan Space Systems (JSS) with the support of the National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office of Japan (CAO), the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI), as well as the Hokkaido Prefectural Government. The mission consisted of a mix of keynote speeches from stakeholders, presentation of Japanese case studies and success stories, pitch presentations from selected European participants, networking and best practice sharing events in Tokyo and Hokkaido, as well as field visits in Hokkaido to space-related companies
including Interstellar Technologies, Michishita Hironaga Nojo and Space-Agri.

Interstellar Technologies is a private, space venture-capital company developing a small launch system for sub-orbital flights and dedicated smallsat launch. Space-Agri is an SME offering Earth-Observation data service for agricultural applications, such as crop growth map and fertilizer map in Hokkaido’s Tokachi region. Lastly, Michishita Hironaga Nojo is a Farming company that has been utilising satellite remote-sensing data to support their farming practices and production.

Through this four days mission, the mission participants and Japanese industries found some interesting cooperation areas, and EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Japan Space Systems will continue to support them in fostering future partnerships.

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