December 16, 2016

Axelspace and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Sign Memorandum of Joint Efforts to Foster Satellite Imagery Utilization

Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Yuya Nakamura) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, HQ: Chofu-shi, Tokyo; President: Naoki Okumura) have signed today a memorandum of collaboration to promote the growth of business applications based on satellite imagery. The orbital infrastructure of JAXA’s Earth observation enterprises and of Axelspace’s AxelGlobe project will aid businesses in the solution of planetary-level issues.

The AxelGlobe project, announced by Axelspace in December 2015, aims at placing 50 microsatellites in orbit by the year 2022, enabling the daily observation of our planet. Three first-generation GRUS microsatellites are expected to be launched in 2017 and to commence operations shortly afterwards. Later, the number of satellites in orbit will be gradually increased until daily global coverage of the Earth will be reached. Below are the satellite specifications of GRUS for reference.

Mass 100kg
Dimensions 600 x 600 x 800 mm
(excluding protrusions)
Ground Resolution Panchromatic: 2.5m
Multispectral: 5.0m
Swath >57km
First Launch 2017 (planned)

The collaboration agreed upon in the memorandum will be centered on the following points.

  1. Axelspace will provide satellite data including AxelGlobe imagery to support JAXA’s international cooperation efforts (e.g. Sentinel-Asia) and disaster relief operations in Japan.
  2. JAXA will offer technical advice and consultancy to support Axelspace’s generation of Earth observation products.
  3. The two organizations will exchange information and ideas on how to promote satellite data utilization in various industries.

By joining their forces as described above, Axelspace and JAXA will keep on improving the effectiveness of their Earth observation applications for the benefit of society.

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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

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