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, 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.