October 1, 2003 – Japan launches JAXA
On October 1, 2003, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The consolidation of these three formerly independent organizations will allow a continuous and systematic approach to space exploration, from basic research to development and practical application.
This also means that the best of Japan’s advanced modern aerospace technologies are gathered together – a concentration of technologies that is expected to create new energy to propel Japan’s efforts challenges to space.
The new organization is also facing the challenge of meeting the aims of administrative reform. We are willing to tackle that too, by improving efficiency and raising staff consciousness.
As a leading industrial nation, Japan is responsible for taking the initiative in the creation of scientific knowledge. JAXA endeavors to add a new page to the history of aerospace development, putting Japan on the same footing as other space-technology advanced nations.
Source: JAXA web site
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