After the WWII, some Japanese pioneers in the rocket areas who earnestly worked in hopes of advance/development of aeronautical and space science and technology even the activities in aerospace industries were prohibited by the occupation policy. They finally achieved the successful observation of the upper atmosphere by the rocket in the year of International Earth Observation in 1957.
Those researchers who had participated in this project gathered together to establish Japanese Rocket Society for aiming at contribution to advanced and to development of space and astronautical science and technology in 1956. This society is the oldest space and astronautical academic organization in Japan, and characterized by its activities based on free ideas with no constrain.
We conducted the rocket experiments in the past. After that, the activities of the society expanded widely and developed as a specialist organization through lectures, observation tours, and publishing journals for exchanging information and researches. In 1959, we hosted the 1st ISRA. It is now gain the reputation for the domestic symposium, International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), held every 2years.
The JRS’s recognized the importance of international cooperation in aerospace activities, the JRS joined in a member of International Aerospace Foundation (IAF), and dispatch to its annual assembly. Also, our former-chairman, Tomifumi Godai was appointed as a first Asian IAF chairman and our former-chairman, Hiroki Matsuo was appointed as an IAA vice-president. Furthermore, we hold the ISCOPS concurrently with AAS and CSA. In 1992 of the ISY, we supported the first planning session promoted by both the Japanese and American politicians.
The lasting pioneer spirit
Not only rocket specialists but also researchers and engineers from wide range of fields in aerospace engineering activities gather together in JRS. Space is an explored area where human’s dream may come true, while almost the all things are unknown to us. Our society believes to create various progressive ideas, which inherit the spirit in our pioneer days, by many professionals, accomplishing a concrete scheme.
Activities of JRS
- Holding the lectures, annual assembly/special lecture
Commemorate project/awarding honorary fellow/special lecture
Co-hosting International Space Conference of Pacific-basin Societies (ISCOPS)
- Publishing journals
Rocket News…monthly periodicals
Journals of Science and Technology of Space (JSTS)…twice a year
Monograph… occasionally (with fee)
- Collecting literature and information
Accept donation periodicals and publications by the relevant bodies from home and abroad.
- Domestically and Internationally relevant societies
Coordination with the space-related societies
Exchange information with IAF
Participating the general assembly
Notice of the annual research convention and the related lectures
The council with AAS and CSA
- The transmission of information by Internet about our activities (regularly undated)
Administration officer of general affairs
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Japanese Rocket Society 会長 稲谷芳文