JAXA's Aeronautical Technology Directorate works to advance aeronautical science and technology and to help create a safe and prosperous society through research and development with the following aims :
- Enhance the competitiveness of Japanese aviation industry
- Lead innovation in the air transportation system
- Increase safety of the air transportation system
- Expand the use of aircraft for a secure society
To achieve these aims, JAXA is pursuing three research and development programs in accordance with government policies and in response to social needs: the Environment-Conscious Aircraft Technology program (ECAT), the Safety Technology for Aviation and Disaster Relief program (STAR), and the Sky Frontier program (SkyFrontier), while continuing to research the aeronautical sciences and basic technologies (Science & Basic Tech.) that underpin these programs and objectives, with particular emphasis on topics concerning aviation safety and its environmental impact.
The Aeronautical Technology Directorate carries out various R&D activities at the Chofu Aerospace Center and its aerodrome branch, and flight demonstrations at the Nagoya Flight Research Center and the Taiki Aerospace Research Center.