|Chief Scientist : Dr. Hiroo Inokuchi|
It has been forty years since human beings entered the new world of space.
Research efforts in the fields of science and engineering during this period
are bearing fruit, culminating in the International Space Station at the
dawn of the twenty-first century.
At this exciting turning point in space development, the establishment
of the Space Utilization Research Program (SURP) is especially meaningful.
As the leader of the program, I feel a great responsibility. Utilization
of the elements of the space environment, such as microgravity, vacuum,
radiation, all-sky view, and peculiar atmosphere, will realize humanity's
dreams in both science and technology. SURP will promote research into
space station utilization, by teaming both domestic and international researchers
and engineers. I would like to invite many people to join us.