The National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) in Taiwan, Province of China, launched a new database on climatic conditions. The Earth Science Observation Knowledgebase (ESOK) includes 10.44 million records on atmosphere, hydrology, ocean currents, tectonics and space.
China has plans to build a comprehensive earth observation system integrating the use of air-borne, space-based as well as ground-based technologies in the next ten years, the website Economic Times stated, referring to a Chinese top official. This new system would include drones, satellites and GPS systems.
On October 1, 2003, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) were merged into one independent administrative institution to be able to perform all their activities in the aerospace field as one organization, from basic research and development to utilization. The independent administrative institution is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).