About the Sagamihara Campus
The Sagamihara Campus, with a view of the surrounding Tanzawa mountains, was established in April 1989 as the core of the former Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS). It has research and administration buildings, a research center, and buildings for the development and testing of experimental equipment for rockets and satellites.
The former National Space Development Agency (NASDA) was in charge of launching satellites for communications, broadcasting, weather, and terrestrial observation and also for the activities of Japanese shuttle astronauts. The mission of the former ISAS was to try to solve the mysteries of space, such as solar activity, and to trace the histories of the moon, the planets, black holes and the galaxy by launching scientific satellites and planetary probes. It also used balloons to make observations of the atmosphere and outer space.
Probing the mysteries of the origin of space, the birth of the solar system, and the earth’s atmosphere expands our understanding of life. The creation of new technologies for space science leads to the development of new technologies that can enrich our everyday lives.
In addition, Sagamihara Campus has a graduate school to inspire the next generation of space researchers and scientists. Affiliated with universities across Japan, it conducts various research on campus, and scientists from around the world are welcomed there in an effort to promote further development and integration of space-science research.