U.S, Japan Begin Sharing Satellite Data

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) — The U.S. and Japanese space agencies say they have started combining elements of their satellite resources to improve a type of Earth observation data.

NASA said the partnership, which started Monday, will more than double the quantity of data used to explore earthquake hazards, forest declines and changing water resources in the Americas.

“This new partnership between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, known as JAXA, uses NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System to download observations over North and South America taken by instruments on JAXA’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite,” NASA said in a statement. Officials said the partnership will more than double the coverage of North and South America, with observations made about twice as often.

“This is a great example of the value to be gained through international collaboration between the world’s Earth-observing nations,” said Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. “By working together and sharing satellite resources like this, we can produce more data more rapidly and cost-effectively than if each of us went it alone.”

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