Company Profile & History

Official Name Axelspace Corporation
Establishment August 8, 2008
President and CEO Yuya Nakamura
Main Office Location Clip Nihonbashi Building, 3-3-3 Nihonbashi-Honcho,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0023, Japan
Capital Stock 7,122 Million JPY (including capital reserve)
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

August 8, 2008

Establishment in Yayoi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.

August 2008

Agreement with Weathernews, Inc. for the development of microsatellite WNISAT-1.

May, 2009

Office moves to Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa City, Chiba.

March, 2011

Office moves to Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

November 21, 2013

Launch of the world’s first commercial microsatellite to monitor the Arctic Ocean, WNISAT-1.

March, 2014

Closing of ¥30M seed round.

May, 2014

Announcement of WNISAT-1R project, the second microsatellite for Weathernews, Inc.

November 6, 2014

Launch of Hodoyoshi-1, a business demonstration satellite for the University of Tokyo.

September - November, 2015

Closing of ¥1.9B Series A funding round.
Announcement of microsatellite constellation project AxelGlobe and entry into the Earth observation data business.

August, 2016

Announcement of contract with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) about the development of “Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Satellite”.

April, 2017

Office moves to Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

July 14, 2017

Launch of WNISAT-1R, the second microsatellite for Weathernews Inc.

May, 2018

Muromachi Office opens as the company’s second premises.

December, 2018

Closing of ¥2.58B Series B funding round.

December 27, 2018

Launch of the first GRUS (GRUS-1A), the company’s own satellite for AxelGlobe constellation.

January 18, 2019

Launch of RAPIS-1, a technology demonstration satellite for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

March 12, 2019

Announcement of contract with Fukui Satellite Technology & Research Association (FSTRA) about the manufacturing and launch of “Fukui Prefectural Satellite”.

May 31, 2019

Service Launch of AxelGlobe.

July 17, 2019

Loan financing of ¥550M from Japan Finance Corporation.

March 22, 2021

Launch of the four additional GRUS (GRUS-1B,1C,1D,1E), Japan’s first mass-produced satellites.

May, 2021

Announcement of closing of ¥2.58B Series C funding round.

June 10, 2021

Start of the new AxelGlobe service “AxelGlobe Tasking & Monitoring” with five GRUS satellites.

August 1, 2021

Muromachi Office closed. Integrated into Honcho Office.

Track record

Our projects

WNISAT-1
HODOYOSHI-1
WNISAT-1R
GRUS-1
RAPIS-1
GRUS-1BCDE
Axelspace Projects

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