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|Origin:||IAA-98-IAA.1.5.04. Presented at 49th IAF Congress, Sept 28 - Oct 2, 1998, Melbourne, Australia|
Since 1993 the Japanese Rocket Society (JRS) has been carrying out its "Space Tourism Study Program". This work has led to the publication of many papers and reports; it has encouraged the growth of related activities; and it is increasingly widely recognised as an important new direction for space development. Work carried out in Japan over the past year leading towards realising passenger space travel services includes the continuation of the JRS Study Program, which has recently been concentrating on regulatory matters; work towards the development of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) demonstrator vehicles; and commercial and media activities.