||Space Utilization Research Program
Various research means, including drop towers, ground experiment facilities,
airplanes, rockets, the space shuttle, and JEM, will be provided. The research
fields to be covered are extensive, including: microgravity science, life
science, space medicine, space science involving astronomical observation,
Earth science involving Earth observation, and space utilization technology
||Varied Research Sites, Methodologies, and Fields|
SURP research activities are performed by research teams organized for
selected research themes.
||Flexible Research Organization|
A research team is composed of the scientists and engineers invited (for
1 to 5 years, renewed annually) to SURP from various organizations, as
resident or non-resident scientists and engineers. Some scientists and
engineers may be from JAXA.
A collaborative research project with other research institutes may be
organized if required to execute a specific research theme.
These arrangements are intended to maintain a flexible organization which
is open to outside participation.
To encourage new, imaginative ideas not bound by the current orthodoxy,
young doctoral level researchers will be actively employed.
||Active Use of Young Researchers|
To guarantee an environment in which the research of the SURP is conducted
with flexibility and efficacy, the Space Utilization Research Center (SPARC)
was established as a part of the JAXA administrative function to provide
the SURP with managerial and technical support.
||Support by SPARC|
The support includes research planning and programming, budgetary preparation,
supervision of contracts, procurement, accounting services, legal services,
operational and technical assistance, personnel administration, safety
control, and public relations.
|Last Updated : December 17, 1999