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Sense your Earth

The Earth is beautiful and vibrant. However, in present times, the Earth faces environmental issues such as deforestation, global warming, and air pollution, and there are concerns for the impact that such problems may have on society and economy, in areas such as food safety, water resources, and climate change issues.
In order to get an extensive view of the entire Earth, it is necessary to make use of observation equipment (sensors) such as satellites, and apply remote sensing technologies to conduct observations of the Earth’s surfaces from a remote location.

RESTEC aims to establish remote sensing technologies as a form of social infrastructure through comprehensive research and development, raising of awareness, and human resource development in the field of remote sensing, and by doing so, contribute to the development of social economy and improvement of the people’s lives. RESTEC uses this technology to obtain data and information from satellites, aircraft, automobiles, observation towers, ships, buoys, and other observation points.
By distributing the information obtained to users, RESTEC contributes to the resolution of issues such as environmental problems and climate change problems.

RESTEC communicates the Earth of the present times to you.

At the heart of the remote sensing industry

For the last 45 years since its foundation, RESTEC has been receiving and processing data acquired by both domestic and foreign earth-observation satellites and providing those data to researchers and operational users under the contract with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other related organizations. In parallel with those activities RESTEC has been conducting R&D of remote sensing technologies under the contract with pertinent agencies as well as independently and endeavoring to disseminate the achievement of those R&D.

RESTEC, as the core organization of satellite remote sensing in Japan, aspires to build remote sensing technologies as a social infrastructure, through providing policy makers, researchers and other satellite data users with remote sensing solutions by collecting, archiving, processing and analyzing remote sensing data required by the users.

Based on those experiences and proprietary knowledge it has acquired in the fields of satellite operations, analysis of remote sensing data, value added services and remote sensing trainings, RESTEC intends to expand its businesses in the new area such as providing remote sensing solutions not alone in domestic but international projects.

In addition, it implements basic and comprehensive R&D of remote sensing and provides both domestic and foreign personnel with training as well as promoting cooperation in many international projects from the viewpoint of public interest and welfare.

Greeting From president

The Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) was established in August 1975, with the aim of implementing basic and comprehensive research and development of remote-sensing technology for investigating global phenomena and Earth resources using data obtained from satellites, and disseminating knowledge of remote-sensing technology and other utilization of space technology, in order to promote economic growth and social development as well as the well-being of the nation.

Since then, RESTEC has been receiving and processing data from Earth-observation satellites from both Japan and overseas, and providing the data to users and researchers entrusted by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other related agencies. In parallel with these activities, RESTEC also conducts research and development activities on remote-sensing technology and endeavors to disseminate the results of its R&D efforts. In recent years, we were commissioned by JAXA to conduct all operations at JAXA’s Earth Observation Center (located in Hatoyama Town, Saitama Prefecture) with effect from fiscal 2007. Under this project, RESTEC is responsible for the processing, analysis, and distribution of data obtained from Earth-observation satellites.

RESTEC has built up a range of remote-sensing technologies through our work, from the operation of satellites to the receiving, processing, and analysis of observation data. Based on these technological capabilities, we have put proactive efforts into nurturing human resources through training, as well as into cooperating with other agencies on international projects.

In August 2011, RESTEC was restructured as a general incorporated foundation in tandem with a reform of public service corporations by the Japanese government. While RESTEC aims to continue with its original public interest projects such as in the field of enhancing public awareness and dissemination of information, it has since taken a more active role in participating in think-tank projects and developing remote-sensing solutions for various sectors, including disaster prevention, environmental conservation, agricultural applications, and resource exploration.

RESTEC has set forth a new theme that aims to communicate the Earth of the present times to the people. Through the development of space application technologies, it has now become possible to conduct a wide range of observations of the Earth’s environment from space. In cooperation with other organizations and agencies within and outside Japan, RESTEC aims to contribute to the application of space technology in many areas, including the strengthening of industrial infrastructure and development of social infrastructure. We believe that this is the mission of our foundation, which has been involved in development projects in Japan since our establishment.

Through these commitments, all RESTEC personnel confirm our resolve to work together to reach even greater heights in the development of remote-sensing technology, and to further contribute to mankind and the Earth by applying our knowledge and capabilities cultivated through the work that we have been engaged in to date. We would like to ask for your continued strong support and close cooperation.

President Kaname Ikeda