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On the move March 9, 2017

European Union-Japan Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Week

Arianespace underscored its important role in the Japanese market during the European Union-Japan Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Week held March 7-8 in Tokyo, which was highlighted by the signing of a cooperation agreement to strengthen ties between the EU and Japan.

Arianespace’s Vega, Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers on display during EU-Japan GNSS Week – which was held on March 7-8 in Tokyo.

Shuzo Takada, Director-General of the National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office; and Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Grow (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), signed the new agreement – which promises to identify key sectors for GNSS applications and create new projects and services between Europe and Japan.

The event – which was organized by Japan’s Cabinet Office, the European Commission and the European Union-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation – was attended by several other high-ranking government and industry representatives from Japan and Europe.

As a leading figure in the deployment of Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation, Arianespace displayed scale models of the Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launchers during GNSS Week. Arianespace has launched a total of 18 Galileo satellites to date, with Ariane 5’s November 2016 launch being the most recent success.

Japan is scheduled to deploy its QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System) to augment global positioning availability within the country.

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