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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Message from the Director General

Aircraft is one of our indispensable social foundations for our daily lives and air transportation demand will be increasing more and more. Also, aviation industry is expected to grow double in the size on global scale over the next twenty years. In these circumstances, "Research and Development Plan" established in February 2017 by the Research Planning and Evaluation subdivision of the Council for Science and Technology under the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology says that aeronautical technology is important from the viewpoint of national strategy and aeronautical research and development (R&D) must be conducted in order to invigorate our country's aviation industry and strengthen international competitiveness. The role of JAXA Aeronautical Technology Directorate (JAXA Aeronautics) becomes bigger and bigger as a national research organization.

JAXA Aeronautics has been promoting a three-pillared R&D program with foundation of science and basic technology research — respectively named as ECAT (for environment technology), STAR (for safety technology) and Sky Frontier (for frontier technology) with Science & Basic Tech. Under this framework, we were able to deliver many good results in FY2017. Major achievements include verification of highly efficient and light weight fan turbine technology called aFJR (Advanced Fan Jet Research), flight demonstration of airframe noise reduction technology called FQUROH (Flight demonstration of quiet technology to reduce noise from high-lift configurations), and disaster-relief aircraft information sharing network called D-NET.

JAXA starts the Fourth Mid-to-long-term Plan on April 1st, 2018. By keeping framework of the Third Mid-term Plan, JAXA Aeronautics will intensively conduct clarified exit research themes such as jet engine focusing on high temperature and high pressure elements, silent supersonic airplane and electric propulsion airplane, commercial airplane implementation of turbulence detection system, integrated simulation technology, etc. These research themes are very competitive and differentiated technologies and key enablers of obtaining new market share for Japanese aircraft manufacturers. In parallel to clarified exit research, we will continue to identify future disruptive research themes by utilizing synergy with various fields as well as aeronautical one.

JAXA Aeronautics will pursue R&D to contribute to promotion and strengthening international competitiveness of aviation industry. We would appreciate your continued support and cooperation.

April 2018

Hisashi Sano
Director General
Aeronautical Technology Directorate