National Space Development Agency

former Japanese national space agency
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National Space Development Agency (宇宙開発事業団, Uchū Kaihatsu Jigyōdan) or NASDA,[1] was one Japan's national space agencies from 1969 to 2003.

NASDA was responsible for developing satellites and space exerpiments.[2]


NASDA was established for peaceful purposes in 1969.[2]

In 2003, NASDA merged with the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL). The three groups became one Independent Administrative Institution called the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).[3]

Several projects at International Space Station (ISS) were started under NASDA; and the work continues as part of JAXA's on-going research programs.


  1. NASDA is an acronym. NASDA stands for "National Space Development Agency".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASDA history Archived 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-10.
  3. Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan a low-key player in space race", Japan Times, June 30, 2009, p. 3; retrieved 2012-4-2.

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