August 8, 2016

Announcing a New Collaboration for the Utilization of “Space Big Data”

In cooperation with Dentsu Inc. and Dentsu Digital Inc.

Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Tokyo; CEO: Yuya Nakamura), Dentsu Inc. (HQ: Tokyo; CEO: Tadashi Ishii) and Dentsu Digital Inc. (HQ: Tokyo; CEO: Toshiya Oyama) announce today a new collaboration for the use of “Big Data” acquired by orbiting satellites. Combining the daily imagery of the whole Earth produced by AxelGlobe (described below) and data from other sources on the ground, we will be able to extract new value and insights and aid their fruitful application to a variety of business development and marketing enterprises.

The AxelGlobe project, announced in December 2015, consists in the placement of 50 microsatellites in Low Earth Orbit by 2022, providing fresh imagery for most of the planet every day. The data produced by the AxelGlobe constellation is expected to grow by several petabytes every year, making the endeavor a true “Big Data” infrastructure in space. In addition to providing images to our clients, AxelGlobe will also use the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze these vast amounts of information, extract insights and offer timely solutions tailored for our clients’ specific needs.

More and more services are starting to exploit satellite data. Its effective use in business intelligence for cost reductions, swift management decisions and the development of new businesses among other things, is expected to keep growing. Fields in which “Space Big Data” is particularly beneficial are agriculture, forestry, area marketing and many others.



Area Marketing

Daily monitoring of the growth conditions of cereal crops, estimation of the best timing for fertilization and harvest, etc. Early detection of illegal logging and forest fires, asset management applications, etc. Local surveys before overseas business expansion, assessment of urban dynamics, etc.

Axelspace plans to launch the first three satellites of the constellation (spacecraft name: GRUS, pronounced /ˈɡruːs/) by the end of 2017. The data provision service is expected to start soon after launch, albeit with limited initial coverage. After that, Axelspace will gradually add more satellites to the constellation, aiming for completion by 2022. Below are the specifications of GRUS for reference.

Mass 95kg
Dimensions 600 x 600 x 800 mm
Ground Resolution Panchromatic: 2.5m
Multispectral: 5.0m
Swath More than 57km
Launch 2017 (Planned)

About Axelspace

Head office location: M&C building 7F, 2-3-13 Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan
President & CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Establishment: August 8, 2008
Capital stock: 1,957 Million JPY (as of December 2016)
Main business content: Solutions based on microsatellite technology, design and production of microsatellites and related components, launch arrangements and operational support, business related to microsatellite data

Yoshihiro Ota
TEL: +81-3-5577-4495
FAX: +81-3-5577-4496