March 12, 2019

Two Additional GRUS Satellites and Fukui Prefectural Satellite To Be Launched in 2020

AxelGlobe Will Be Three Units Closer to Completion

Following the launch of the first GRUS microsatellite (hereinafter GRUS-1A) on December 27, 2018, Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Yuya Nakamura) today announces the details of the launch of two more satellites of the same type (hereinafter GRUS-1B and GRUS-1C).

Moreover, Axelspace and Fukui Satellite Technology & Research Association (Location: Fukui, Japan; President: Tetsuji Shindo; hereinafter referred to as FSTRA), which have been collaborating on the development of “Fukui Prefectural Satellite”, will launch the satellite with the same launch vehicle as GRUS-1B/1C. The development framework and schedule have also been agreed upon and the contract signing ceremony was held today at Fukui Prefectural Government Office.

From the left side: Yuya Nakamura, the President and CEO of Axelspace Corporation; Issei Nishikawa, the Governor of Fukui Prefectural Government; Tetsuji Shindo, the President of Fukui Satellite Technology & Research Association; Hideyuki Yamada, the Director of Seiren Co., Ltd.

GRUS-1B/1C and Fukui Prefectural Satellite will all become part of Axelspace’s AxelGlobe infrastructure, aiming to eventually capture imagery of the whole Earth landmass every day. After the launch, the number of satellites in AxelGlobe will grow to four, greatly increasing the platform’s imaging capabilities. Axelspace will operate Fukui Prefectural Satellite as part of the GRUS constellation to achieve the highest efficiency.

Fukui Prefectural Satellite will be the first AxelGlobe satellite not owned by Axelspace (it will be the property of FSTRA). While owning only one satellite, FSTRA will enjoy a higher image capturing frequency of its areas of interest thanks to the capacity shared by GRUS-1A/1B/1C. At the same time, by using Fukui Prefectural Satellite’s capacity to its fullest, Axelspace will be able to obtain imagery of areas outside FSTRA’s areas of interest.

By using this kind of win-win collaboration model with other organizations, Axelspace is aiming for an early completion of AxelGlobe.

Launch details

Below are the details of the launch of GRUS-1B, GRUS-1C and of Fukui Prefectural Satellite.

Launch vehicle Soyuz-2
Launch site Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Orbit Sun-synchronous orbit, 600km altitude
Launch operator GK Launch Services, an operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launchers from Russian space ports
Launch period From Q2 2020

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About Axelspace

Head office location:
Clip Nihonbashi Building 2-3F,
3-3-3 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo 103-0023, Japan
President & CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Establishment: August 8, 2008
Capital stock: 4,537 Million JPY (including capital reserve)
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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