The ASF-E was established in 2006 initially as a mechanism to manage the expenditures and revenue associated with the development of the Americas Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Data Node (AADN) established by ASF as the agent of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The ASF-E creates and distributes data products from the ALOS mission for revenue to cover the cost reimbursement. Over time, the ASF-E has grown and now incorporates income and expenditures from other similar activities in ASF that do not fall under grants or contracts. ASF-E operates the RADARSAT-1 Network Ground Station for MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA). In addition to sales of products and services related to remote sensing, ASF-E provides specialized remote-sensing training, both on campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, and on location. Training sessions and workshops have brought credit to ASF as a leader in remote-sensing technology and applications.