Axelspace Corporation (HQ: Central Tokyo, President & CEO: Yuya Nakamura) is pleased to announce that our Earth Observation Platform “AxelGlobe” won the Grand Prix at the SDGs Innovation HUB (SIH) Business Contest in November 2022.
Learn more about SIH (https://sih.world/2022sihbc)
SIH Business Contest is an international business competition for innovative projects consistent with the SDGs philosophy. Qualifying rounds are held at three locations around the world. Axelspace won the “Idea Award” at the Japan–Asia round in May, and subsequently participated in the world finals as a finalist. Meeting judging criteria reflecting the 12 items below, Axelspace won the prestigious Grand Prix.
Earth Observation Web Platform“AxelGlobe”open to all those promoting the SDGs（https://www.axelglobe.com/ja/）
This groundbreaking service allows anyone to easily access satellite imaging online. At present, Axelspace has its own constellation of five “GRUS” satellites observing every region of the world with high frequency. GRUS satellites have a ground resolution of 2.5 meters, imaging range of 57 kilometers, and imaging frequency of once every two days. They also feature tasking to allow users to shoot in areas and on dates that suit their needs.
Satellite imagery provides an objective view of the world’s forests, oceans, cities, farmlands, and other land surfaces, supporting critical decision-making by all organizations around the world seeking to advance the SDGs.
◆ Additional product line-up released in 2022
・AxelGlobe Cloudless Mosaic:
This service creates and provides cloudless images from multiple images at different times. It supports diverse use for mapping, base maps for disaster prevention, etc.
・AxelGlobe Custom Capture: This service allows users to freely set the preferred date of photo shooting. It is designed to be used to quickly assess the situation in the case of a disaster or other crisis, and can be used to take pictures as soon as the next day.
・AxelGlobe Reservation: This service enables separate photography and use of images. In cases where archival imagery will be necessary in the future but not currently, it is possible to shoot only the desired areas. When further images are subsequently needed, it is possible to purchase only the necessary images from all those that have been taken.
◆ Future plans
The nine-satellite system will enable daily observations of the same location.
Upon receiving the award, Yusuke Nakanishi, Axelspace Director and CPO (Head of AxelGlobe Business Division), commented:
“Thank you very much for this award. Satellite data might not be widely known, but we believe that it can serve as fundamental information to promote DX in a wide range of areas related to the SDGs, such as agriculture, environment, and disaster prevention.”
Location: Tokyo, Japan
President and CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Founded August 8, 2008
Capital: 7,122 million yen (including capital reserve)
Main business activities: Earth observation business using microsatellites, proposal of solutions utilizing microsatellites, design and manufacture of microsatellites and related components, launch arrangements for microsatellites, and operational support and commissioning.
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