January 10, 2017

Axelspace Signs Collaborative Research Contract with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) To Analyze Satellite Imagery

Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Yuya Nakamura) and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST; HQ: Chiyoda-ku; President: Ryoji Chubachi) have signed a collaboration contract for the research of advanced machine learning methods focused on analyzing and processing satellite images.

Axelspace’s AxelGlobe project, announced in December 2015, aims at provisioning by 2022 a 50-satellite constellation capable of capturing imagery of the whole world every day. The enormous amounts of data acquired by the satellites will be provided as a service for applications in many different fields.

Axelspace plans to launch a first generation of three GRUS satellites in 2017, and to start operations soon after launch. After that, the number of GRUS satellites in orbit will be gradually incremented until daily global coverage is 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)

According to the contract, Axelspace and AIST’s Artificial Intelligence Research Center will work together on machine learning and deep learning algorithms applied to the high-precision, high-frequency imagery taken by the microsatellite constellation. Among other things, these algorithms will be used to classify and count objects in the images. The output of these research efforts will speed up the development of AxelGlobe’s image analysis service.

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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
URL: https://www.axelspace.com/en/

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