Message from Chairperson

Satellite positioning has a wide variety of applications within Japan starting with car navigation, personal navigation and mapping, as well as including various fields such as precise agriculture, aero survey, construction, logistics, traffic, tourism, security, environmental protection, disaster prevension and e-commerce, so on.. Use of such positioning technology has so deeply penetrated both public life and the national economy in areas such as national land management, scientific and technical research, industrial and economic activities, and the security and peace of mind of the citizenry, that it is now an essential element of our social infrastructure in terms of national stability and development.

Outside of Japan, the plan to modernize GPS in the United States and the Galileo project in Europe demonstrate the progress that is being made on the creation of an international network of satellite positioning systems that will enable a high rate of utilization of real-time spatiotemporal information on a global scale. Within Japan, the satellite positioning technology derived from the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System has been incorporated into the Basic Program for Science and Technology, and has been further strengthened by its recognition as a national critical technology.

Meanwhile, our goverment enforced Basic Act on the Advancement of Utilizing Geospatial Information (NSDI Act of Japan) and authorized G-spatial Basic Plan for the realization of a society with increased utilization of geospatial information. Also, aiming the advancement of the life of the people and the contribution for economic growth, our goverment enforced Space Basic Act and authorized Space Basic Plan. And Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite(QZS) has been launched since 2010.

SPAC performs numerous activities in order to expand the utilization of geospatial information within industrial and economic sectors including linkage with companies and associations related to satellite positioning, the promotion of research and study related to the use of next-generation satellite positioning, such as the United State’s GPS, Europe’s Galileo project and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, as well as diffusing the results of such activities, and contributing to the activation and commercialization of business activities related to geospatial information. The goals of all of our activities are to contribute to the realization of a society where geospatial information can be widely utilized, and to serving as a conduit for both the expansion of Japanese industry and contributions to the international community.

Satellite Positioning Research and Application Center
Chairperson Atsuyuki Okabe

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