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Quad countries to jointly develop space applications

Each Quad partner will endeavour to improve public access to Earth observation satellite data and applications.

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Tokyo: The leaders of Quad countries, during their Summit in Tokyo, on Tuesday decided to work together to develop space applications, including in the area of Earth observations, and provide capacity building support to other countries.

“We will work together to develop space applications, including in the area of Earth observations, and provide capacity building support to countries in the region, including with regards to partnering on using space capabilities to respond to extreme precipitation events,” read the joint statement issued by Quad countries.

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“Space-related applications and technologies can also contribute to addressing common challenges such as climate change, disaster preparedness and response, and sustainable uses of oceans and marine resources,” the joint statement read.

Each Quad partner will endeavour to improve public access to Earth observation satellite data and applications.

“We will work together to create an Earth observation-based monitoring and sustainable development framework. We will endeavour to share space-based civil Earth observation data, along with providing a Quad Satellite Data Portal that aggregates links to our respective national satellite data resources,” the Quad statement added.

The Quad leaders, the statement said, also decided to consult on rules, norms, guidelines and principles for the sustainable use of space, and extend support to countries in the region through joint workshops, including in relation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities.

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