|In Japan, under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology, there is an organization called the Space Activities
Commission, which determines the direction of future space development. JAXA
plays the main role in realizing the goals set by the commission.
After the H-IIA F6 accident, JAXA formed an Accident Investigation Team, which was overseen by the Space Activities Commission. The investigation team looked not only at technological issues but also at organizational structure. The commission held special meetings to develop recommendations to JAXA and to related manufacturing companies regarding their management and organization.
To ensure reliable space development, the causes and process of any accident have to be explained. Though it took almost six months to complete the report, this was actually done faster than usual - a time period comparable to accident investigations in other countries.
Over the six months, investigators developed hypotheses, ran tests using life-size equipment and computer analysis, and arrived at an explanation based on logic and technology.
Space Activities Commission
Investigation of the cause of the launch failure of H-IIA F6, and proposed countermeasures (Japanese only)