NAL History

National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) was established as National Aeronautical Laboratory in July 1955, assuming its present name with the addition of the Aerospace Division in 1963. Since our establishment, we have pursued research on aircraft, rockets, and other aeronautical transportation systems, as well as peripheral technology. We have also endeavored to develop and enhance large-scale test facilities and make them available for use by related organizations, with the aim of improving test technology in these facilities.

2001 Apr. Status changed to an Independent Administrative Institution.
Placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology following a reorganization of government ministries.
1994 Apr. Kakuda Branch Office renamed Kakuda Research Center (KRC)
1965 Jul. Kakuda Branch Office opened
1963 Apr. Name changed to National Aerospace Laboratory.
1961 Feb. Chofu Airfield Branch started operation.
1956 May. Placed under the jurisdiction of the newly established Science and Technology Agency.
1955 Jul. National Aeronautical Laboratory established as an auxiliary body to the Prime Minister's Office, based on a report by the Council for Aeronautics
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