NASDA (National Space Development Agency)

NASDA (National Space Development Agency) is one of two Japanese space agencies – the other being ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) – prior to their merger to form JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). Founded in October 1969 by the Space Activity Commission, NASDA replaced NSDC (the National Space Development Center). It was responsible for all of Japan's communications, weather, Earth observation, and technology demonstration satellites, together with the rockets used to launch them. NASDA satellites and spacecraft include:


   TRMM (see also Japanese satellite names)


Its launch vehicles include:


   J-1 (see also Japanese launch vehicles)