Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science ( ISAS ) is a Japanese institute for space research that has been part of the Japanese space agency JAXA since 2003 . The head office is in the Sagamihara Campus, 40 km west of Tokyo. Other facilities in Japan that are also assigned to this institute are the Uchinoura Space Center (USC), the Noshiro Testing Center (NTC), the Sanriku Balloon Center (SBC) and the Usuda Deep Space Center (UDSC).
ISAS developed from experiments with sounding rockets in the 1950s and was founded in April 1964 as an institute of the University of Tokyo . Since April 1981 it was operated as a joint research organization of Japanese universities. On October 1, 2003, it merged with NASDA and NAL in the new space agency JAXA . ISAS operated the Kagoshima Space Center rocket launch site .
The focus of activity is the close connection of technical development in the field of rocket and satellite technology with scientific application in astronomy and the exploration of the solar system . ISAS developed scientific satellites and space probes such as B. ASCA .