Description: The Usuda Deep Space Centre was established in Usuda Town, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, in 1984, as an affiliated facility of the former Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).
The Centre sends command operations and receives data from the recent Hayabusa space probe.
The remote location of the Centre was chosen carefully to reduce noise from towns, allowing for the reception of faint and subtle signals from space.
The main facility is a large parabolic antenna (64m-diameter, 1980t.).