The Jet Engine Technology Research Center is conducting research and technological development into engine systems, engine components, and computer simulation, and is also undertaking the management of the necessary research facilities.
Among representative testing facilities, those for testing engine operation on the ground (Jet engine Test Facility) and for simulating the effects of altitude (Supersonic Engine Test Facility) are significant in developing test methods for estimating engine performance. There are other research facilities for testing the performance of engine components and sub-systems such as combustion chambers, turbo-machinery, and a facility for testing heat transfer. These research activities are making a positive contribution to highly advanced engine technologies that meet the societal needs for environmentally friendly engines being promoted by the Japanese Government.
The Flight Research Center is responsible for maintaining the flight test facilities consisting of experimental aircraft, flight simulators, and Taiki-cho airfield in Hokkaido. These are necessary for research and development of guidance, navigation and control technology of aircraft and spacecraft, flight safety, and flight test technology. In addition, the Center participates in projects that JAXA promotes in order to effectively use the flight test facilities, and contributes much to the development of research on flight systems in conjunction with other organizations such as universities. Furthermore, fundamental research for the improvement of flight test technology (including functional improvement of the flight test facilities) and research on flight systems are carried out.