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NASDA (National Space Development Agency)





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:

   ADEOS
   ALOS
   BS-
   COMETS
   CS-
   DRTS
   ECS
   EGS
   ETS
   GMS
   ISS
   JAS-1
   JERS-1
   MDS-1
   MOS-1
   OICETS
   SELENE
   SFU
   TRMM (see also Japanese satellite names)

Its launch vehicles include:

   N-series
   H-series
   J-1 (see also Japanese launch vehicles)


Related categories

   • JAPAN IN SPACE
   • SPACE AGENCIES