ABOUT
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COMPANY
ASTROSCALE is a Singapore-based satellite services company that was founded in 2013 with the objective of developing innovative solutions against the growing number of space debris. The company’s mission is to actively contribute to the sustainable use of the space environment by developing scalable and innovative on-orbit technologies, in order to safely remove the most threatening debris in orbit. On top of spacecraft debris removal technologies, Astroscale is invested in providing debris monitoring and tracking capabilities. It is conducting accurate research to collect essential data on small-sized debris that cannot be tracked using the existing ground-based technologies. With its headquarters located in downtown Singapore along with its manufacturing facility in Tokyo, the company is actively preparing for its first two missions, IDEA OSG 1 and ELSA-d.
MISSION
Astroscale’s mission is to secure long-term spaceflight safety
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  • Raise awareness about space environment issues
  • Craft innovative and reliable on-orbit technologies to safely remove the most threatening space debris and service existing satellites
  • Improve global knowledge about small-size debris that cannot be tracked using existing technologies
SPACE DEBRIS
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Space debris issue is a social problem caused 100% by mankind, unlike global environmental problems such as climate change. The growing number of space debris is a threat to the vital satellites orbiting around the earth.
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    WHAT
    Space debris are man-made objects such as rocket upper stage bodies, non-functioning satellites, metallic fragmentations and others.

    Currently, there are more than 20,000 large-sized space debris which are trackable from Earth, along with an estimated number of over 750,000 smaller debris which are unable to be tracked.
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    WHERE
    Most of the active satellites are situated in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude of 800km-2000km above Earth. This is where the majority of the space debris population is found.
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    WHEN
    The space debris population is increasing at an alarming rate. Collisional chain reactions contribute to the increase in population, which outpaces debris mitigation efforts as well as the natural rate at which debris undergo orbital decay into Earth’s atmosphere.
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    WHO
    Since 1957, 7757 satellites have been launched into space. The graph shows the breakdown of satellites launched by launch sites.
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    HOW
    Space debris objects orbit the Earth at a speed of about 8km per second, this is equivalent to about 10 times the speed of a bullet.
VISION
Our objective is to raise public awareness about space environment issues and promote safe and sustainable space missions for the next generation.
TEAM


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NOBU OKADA / FOUNDER & CEO
Nobu Okada founded ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. in Singapore in 2013 due to a strong desire to address the growing threat of space debris. He used his personal funds as seed money and hired a team in Singapore and Tokyo while raising capital for the business. The office now expands to UK in 2017. The team calls themselves, “Space Sweepers” and their mission is to secure space flight safety by incubating space debris removal technologies.

Mr. Okada serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Space Civil Use and Space Industry at the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan, and is also a member of The Future of Space Technologies Council, World Economic Forum, and International Astronautical Federation.

Prior to ASTROSCALE, Mr. Okada was a Japanese IT entrepreneur and strategy consultant, and had managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and Singapore. He led one company to a successful IPO. Before joining the IT industry, he worked for McKinsey & Company and the Japanese Government in the Ministry of Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University in 2001.

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CHRIS BLACKERBY / Group COO
Chris Blackerby will become the Chief Operating Officer for ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. as of August 2017.

Chris served as the NASA Attaché for Asia, the senior space policy official in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, from 2012-2017. In that capacity he identified multiple opportunities for cooperation in the region; served as strategic space advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and senior U.S. Government officials; acted as an official intermediary between NASA and its partners in Asia in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes; and participated in numerous outreach events highlighting NASA activities.

Chris began working for NASA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003. While at NASA he was a leader in forging international cooperative partnerships around the world in the fields of Earth science, space science and human space exploration. From 2005- 2007 Chris was the Executive Director of the NASA Advisory Council, which provided advice to senior NASA officials on future policies and plans. Chris received a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1995 and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. In 2009 Chris earned an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
PARTNER
YUKI
YUKI Precision Co., Ltd was established in 1961 and has over a century of experience in precision manufacturing. The JISQ9100/ISO9001 certified company specializes in precision parts and provides production manufacturing services to key stakeholders within the aerospace, medical equipment and robotics industry.
SPACE SWEEPERS
ASTROSCALE is leading the team of “Space Sweepers” which is made up of over 20 specialists from different fields of work such as engineers, researchers, physicists from university and industry. The team is currently working on developing key technologies necessary to conduct satellite debris removal.