Noshiro-shi, Akita Noshiro Rocket Testing Center

The Noshiro Testing Center (NTC) was established in 1962 as one of the affiliated facilities of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo (the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, ISAS of JAXA). Since then, the NTC has conducted various static-firing tests to develop a new launcher for scientific satellites and space probes, Mu Series Rockets, and motors for sounding rockets. The former ISAS developed propellant rockets, using LOX and LH2, in 1975, and it began to develop the high-performance Air Turbo Ramjet (ATR) engine in 1988.

Ground-tests of engine performance have also been done at the Noshiro Center. The ATR engine is designed for the Reusable Launch Vehicle, an air-breathing engine which uses less fuel than a rocket and can therefore transport a larger payload. At the NTC there are various test facilities for research and development in high-performance engines as well as for solid rockets.


Asanai, Noshiro-city, Akita 016-0179



Tours and Exhibits


Phone +81-185-52-7123


Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, national holidays, and Dec. 29 to Jan. 3.
* Free admission


  • Free parking lot for 30 cars
  • Wheel chairs and strollers can enter the exhibition hall.
  • You can bring your own lunch to eat it in a lounge. (No eating is allowed in other areas.)
  • Pets are allowed to enter the facility.


At the Noshiro Testing Center, JAXA carries out static-firing tests on various solid rocket motors, and basic experiments on liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen rocket engines. In parallel, landing experiments of reusable launch vehicles are carried out for the next generation space transportation systems. Visitors can observe the experiments held at the Center.

Some of the facilities are open to the public for tours (40 minutes)
* Advanced bookings are required.