||Space Utilization Research Program
|Space Utilization Research Program (SURP)
To advance the utilization of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) of the
International Space Station, the Space Utilization Research Program (SURP)
was established as an implementing body to integrate research utilizing
the space environment. SURP is a research organization within the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA), reporting directly to the President.
The organization is open to the public, conducts collaborative research
with other organizations and invites researchers to the agency. SURP, as
necessary, will assemble research teams composed of researchers and engineers
and initiate pioneer research or basic ground research related to the utilization
of the space environment. SURP will also conduct the research selected
as JEM and Space Shuttle research themes.
The Chief Scientist will supervise overall research in SURP by directing
research team leaders. Advisors will assist the Chief Scientist in specific
professional fields as necessary. Research teams will be composed of a
team leader, researchers, technicians, research assistants, and so forth.
||Space Utilization Research Committee (SURC)|
|Dr. Takuo Sugano,|
President of Toyo University
The Committee, as an advisory body to the President, will produce guidelines
for theme application, evaluation and selection, as well as actually evaluate
and select research themes. All research themes to be Conducted in the
SURP will be subject to the committee's evaluation.
|Last Updated : December 17, 1999