| About Kashima Space Technology Center |
Kashima Space Technology Center (KSTC) was established in May, 1964 as a branch of the Radio Research Laboratories (present National Institute of
Information and Communications Technology) to develop satellite communications technology and succeeded
in broadcasting the Tokyo Olympic Games to the world in October, 1964.
The study of satellite communication has grown to include broadband satellite communication, satellite broadcasting,
and mobile communications. The study of formation- and cluster-satellites control was also started as a result of
the satellite tracking, telemetry, and commanding experiments.
The Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) project at KSTC is originated from the radio astronomical study. The precise data provided by VLBI are used to monitor the Earth's rotation and for examining the plate tectonics.