Research & Development

JAXA promotes three research and development programs and a fundamental research program that underpins them.

Sky4AllBringing aviation closer to people in daily life and disaster relief

The Sky4All stands for all-people, all-situations, all-vehicle, and all-weather. This program promotes research and development activities that enhance the safety of both aircraft and the society we live in.


WEATHER-Eye technology

WEATHER-Eye

JAXA is developing a group of technologies, namely WEATHER-Eye technologies, for protecting aircraft from special weather conditions such as snow, ice, lightning, and volcanic ash under a research program named WEATHER-Eye (WEATHER-Endurance Aircraft Technology to Hold, Evade and Recover by Eye).

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Integrated operation system for disaster relief and crisis management (D-NET3) (FY2018-)

Integrated operation system for disaster relief and crisis management (D-NET3) (FY2018-)

To enable safer and more efficient disaster relief aircraft operations, JAXA has been developing “Disaster Relief Aircraft Management System(D-NET)”, which facilitates real-time information sharing among aircraft involved in relief activities and emergency operation centers on the ground.

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Smart flight technology

Smart flight technology

The Smart Flight Technology Research is to help boost the efficiency and safety of aircraft operation by integrated processing of various onboard and ground data, and by automation and optimization of situation monitoring/option generation tasks of pilots and controllers.

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology

JAXA is studying a range of technologies for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Ongoing studies include the development of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system to operate multiple unmanned aircraft systems safely in the same air space beyond visual line of sight, and the automation technologies for fixed-wing or VTOL unmanned aircraft to enable wide area observation and long-range transport.

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Gust alleviation technology

Gust alleviation technology

To suppress sudden aircraft shakings, we are developing gust alleviation technology that can automatically manipulate flight control surfaces when the aircraft autopilot system receives input on air-flow vector data estimated from the turbulence detection system developed in the SafeAvio project. Our ultimate goal is to reduce turbulence-induced aircraft accidents.

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Situational Awareness and Visual Enhancer for Rescue Helicopter (SAVERH)

Situational Awareness and Visual Enhancer for Rescue Helicopter (SAVERH)

JAXA has been developing pilot assistance technology named "Situation Awareness and Visibility Enhancer for Rescue Helicopter (SAVERH)" in order to enhance operational safety and mission capabilities of rescue helicopters.

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