Research & Development
JAXA promotes three research and development programs and a fundamental research program that underpins them.
Sky FrontierSky Frontier Program
To better meet the evolving demands in a changing society, the Sky Frontier Program promotes research and development activities with long-term perspectives, thereby opening up new potentials of air transportation and pushing the boundaries of aviation.
Air transportation systems with speed and mobility are indispensable to our society, and need to meet the evolving demands as we shift toward a sustainable society. While there are demands for faster and more accessible air transportation systems that can fly faster and farther from anywhere at any time, the emergence of innovative systems that enable drastic improvements in environmental performances are also required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sky Frontier Program is designed to address these diverse requirements by promoting research and development activities from long-term perspectives, thereby opening up new potentials of air transportation and pushing the boundaries of aviation. With major research themes on supersonic transport, hypersonic transport, and electric and hybrid aircraft systems, the Sky Frontier Program creates innovative aircraft concepts and key enabling technologies to bring about innovation in air transportation systems.
Following the completion of the D-SEND project(FY2010-FY2015), which successfully demonstrated the validity of our unique sonic boom reduction technology in the form of flight test for the first time in the world, we are now working on integrated design technologies that satisfy multiple design requirements simultaneously — low noise during takeoff and landing and lighter airframes, in addition to low sonic boom and low drag.
We conduct exploratory research to identify innovative seeds for future research and development programs.
Major research themes include hypersonic transport technology. With major focus on developing and demonstrating hypersonic propulsion system that can operate continuously from takeoff to Mach 5, our research and development on hypersonic transport technologies also include system analysis for hypersonic passenger aircraft, adrodynamic design, heat resistance design, and other important features.
JAXA has been promoting studies on electric and hybrid aircraft for drastic reduction of CO2 emissions in aviation. Our ongoing studies mainly address themes around hybrid propulsion systems, such as electric generator system having combined cycle of fuel cell and gas turbine and distributed electric fan system.