Inter-University Research System
ISAS provides research facilities for scientific satellites, sounding rockets, scientific observation balloons, and other experimentation equipment to the researchers of public and private universities. Furthermore, in order to contribute to space science research, joint research is conducted with university researchers through the Research System. ISAS has maintained the founding spirit of the original Inter-University Research Institute.
An inter-university research institute is a “research institute operated by the research community,” a type of world-class organization unique to Japan. The inter-university research institute was organized as a core base to provide a place for joint research and extramural use by researchers across Japan.