History

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.



2012 Jul. H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"3 (HTV3) was launched by H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 3.
Jul. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz spacecraft (TMA-05M/31S) for an ISS long-stay mission.
May Global Change Observation Mission 1st-Water “SHIZUKU” (GCOM-1W) and Small Demonstration Satellite-4 “SDS-4” were launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 21.
Feb. Introducing the experimental aircraft “Hisho” (Cessna 680)
2011 Jul. Three JAXA astronaut candidates (Mr. Yui, Ohnishi and Kanai) were certified as ISS onboard astronauts.
Jun. Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz spacecraft (TMA-02M/27S) for the ISS long-stay mission. (Astronaut Furukawa returned to Earth in Nov. 2011.)
Apr. Nagoya Flight Research Center was established.
Jan. H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI"2 (HTV2) was launched by H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.2.
2010 Sep. Quasi-Zenith Satellite-1 "MICHIBIKI" was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.18.
Jun. Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA" (MUSES-C) returned to Earth.
May Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" (PLANET-C) and Small Solar Power Sail Demonstrator "IKAROS" were launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.17.
Apr. Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki participated in the STS-131/19A mission of the Space Shuttle "Discovery"
2009 Dec. Astronaut Souichi Noguchi traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Soyuz spacecraft (TMA-17/21S) for an ISS long-stay mission. (Astronaut Noguchi returned to Earth in June 2010.)
Sep. H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI" (HTV Demonstration Flight) was launched by H-IIB Launch Vehicle Test Flight.
Jul. Astronaut Koichi Wakata attached the Exposed Facility of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" to the International Space Station (ISS). After completing the ISS long-stay mission as the first Japanese Astronaut, he came home by Space Shuttle "Endeavour."
Jan. Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI"(GOSAT) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.15.
2008 Jun. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery and helped attach the Pressurized Module (PM) and Remote Manipulator System of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" to the International Space Station.
Mar. Astronaut Takao Doi flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and helped attach the Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (ELM-PS) of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" to the International Space Station.
Feb. Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite "KIZUNA"(WINDS) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.14.
Feb. The phrase, "Reaching for the skies, exploring space" was selected as our corporate slogan.
2007 Sep. SELenological and ENgineering Explorer "KAGUYA"(SELENE) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.13.
Feb. IGS(Information Gathering Satellites) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.12.
2006 Dec. Engineering Test Satellite VIII "KIKU No.8"(ETS-VIII) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.11.
Sep. Solar Physics Satellite "HINODE"(SOLAR-B) was launched by M-V-7.
Sep. IGS(Information Gathering Satellites) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.10.
Feb. Infrared Imaging Satellite "AKARI"(ASTRO-F) was launched by M-V-8.
Feb. Multi-functional Transport Satellite-2 "Himawari-7"(MTSAT-2) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.9.
Jan. Advanced Land Observing Satellite "Daichi"(ALOS) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.8.
2005 Dec. First successful optical inter-satellite communications in history between the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite "KIRARI"(OICETS) and the Advanced Relay and Technology Mission "ARTEMIS" of the European Space Agency (ESA)
Oct. A flight experiment for the scaled experimental Supersonic Transporter (NEXST-1) was successfully performed.
Sep-Dec. Successful arrival and observation on the asteroid "Itokawa" by the Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA"(MUSES-C)
Aug. Launch of the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite "Kirari"(OICETS) and the INnovative-technology Demonstration Experiment "REIMEI"(INDEX) by the Russian launch vehicle "Dnepr"
Jul-Aug. Astronaut Souichi Noguchi participated in the STS-114 mission of the Space Shuttle "Discovery"
Jul. X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Suzaku"(ASTRO-EII) was launched by M-V-6.
Feb. Announcement of the JAXA Vision/JAXA 2025 project
Feb. Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement "Himawari-6"(MTSAT-1R) was launched by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.7.
2004 May-Nov The stationary flight test and mission test were successfully performed for the Stratosphere Platform Stationary Flight Test.
2003 Oct. Establishment of an Independent Administrative Agency, the "Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)," merging three aerospace organizations, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, the National Aerospace Laboratory, and the National Space Development Agency of Japan
(ISAS | NAL | NASDA) History