Dear Supporters and Sponsors, Thank you for your ongoing support. Below is additional information on the conclusion of the IDEA OSG 1 mission based on results from investigations by Roscosmos and Glavkosmos. On November 28, 2017 at 14:41:46 (JST), IDEA OSG 1 launched on a Soyuz -2.1b rocket from the Vostochney Cosmodrome. The launch was nominal and initial indications pointed to a successful orbital insertion. However, officials soon lost contact with the mission and, following numerous failed attempts to connect to IDEA-OSG 1 and the other 18 payloads manifested on the Soyuz, it became apparent that there was a launch anomaly and an accident investigation committee was…
In her remark, Ms. Ito thanked “Space sweeper” team and stakeholders for continued efforts and supports. Followed by the award ceremony, Ito joined a panel discussion and talked about how women can advance their careers using her unique experiences. Fore more photos, please visit here.
On December 1, Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO of ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. won the 3rd award of “Start-up of the year 2018” by Forbes JAPAN. Mr. Okada made an appearance for the ceremony and spoke about how grateful we were to have the great team and supporters like yourselves. Congratulations to the team Space Sweepers and those who support our mission.
Though we have tried all measures to make contact with IDEA OSG 1, we have not been able to identify its location nor establish communication to date. It is assumed that the upper stage and all payloads, including IDEA OSG 1, have been lost. We are very disappointed that the community will not get to use the data from IDEA OSG 1 as we were confident it would have been beneficial to scientists and satellite operators alike. ASTROSCALE is still analyzing and gathering information, and also awaiting further official notifications from Glavkosmos on investigation of the failure. ASTROSCALE’s mission remains the same: to maintain a sustainable orbital environment and secure long-term…
ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. (ASTROSCALE) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint opportunities in areas of innovative on-orbit technologies and missions designed to safeguard the orbital environment for future generations. “We are very excited to welcome SSTL to the ELSA-d mission and to begin this ambitious strategic partnership,” said Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO of ASTROSCALE. “SSTL is synonymous with reliable and cost-effective small satellites and we are thrilled that they will provide a key component to ELSA-d. We are confident that this is only the beginning of mutually beneficial long-term relationship.” Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of SSTL added, “We…
ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. (ASTROSCALE), a company with a mission to secure long-term spaceflight safety by developing debris monitoring and removal services, will launch IDEA OSG 1 on November 28 at 14:41:46 (JST) from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome with the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos meteorology mission Meteor-M No2-1. IDEA OSG 1, the world’s first in-situ space debris monitoring microsatellite in low-Earth orbit, will monitor the size and position of space debris to create debris distribution maps to better understand the space environment. English press release is available here. Japanese press release is available here. Tokyo University of Science also issued a press release about integrated components in IDEA OSG…
English press release is available here. Japanese press release is available here.
Chris Blackerby, former NASA Attaché in Asia, and senior space policy official in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, has joined ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. as Chief Operating Officer. On July 14, 2017, ASTROSCALE announced the successful completion of a Series C funding round. With an aim to further expand its international presence, ASTROSCALE has incorporated an office in the United Kingdom to meet global market standards for on-orbit satellite servicing and named Chris Blackerby as group COO to oversee global operations. Among other roles, Blackerby will provide strategic direction and management and will help lead negotiations for global partnerships. “This funding commitment, combined with the opening of our UK office and bringing…
ASTROSCALE, a pioneering space company with a goal of mitigating space debris, completed a Series C round and raised $53 million in total to date. Private companies, ANA Holdings Inc. (ANA – parent company of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS Co., Ltd.) and OSG Corporation, join recurring venture capital investors (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, JAFCO Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi UFJ Capital) alongside new financier aSTART Co., Ltd. English press release is available here. Japanese press release is available here.
ASTROSCALE was recognized as Technology Pioneers by World Economic Forum(WEF). We were selected from around the world as one of the most innovative companies that would have a significant impact on business and society. http://widgets.weforum.org/techpioneers-2017/ *Examples of selected Technology Pioneers: Google (2002), Twitter (2010), and Airbnb (2014).
NHK NEWS WEB article focuses on space debris issues and how ASTROSCALE aims to solve those as a private company.
The Founder and CEO of Astroscale, Nobu Okada had a chance to meet with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan in person. Mr. Okada explained space debris issue as well as Astroscale’s first two missions, IDEA OSG1 (sub-millimeter sized debris monitoring satellite) and ELSA-d (spacecraft retrieval servicing satellite).
We’re honoured to be listed among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space by Fast Company.
Nikkan attends the IDEA OSG 1 press conference in Toyohashi, Japan where cutting tool manufacturers OSG Corp announces its sponsorship commitment to the mission.
The Asian Venture Capital Journal has included our funding news into their site.
Nikkei Asian Review covers our funding news from our recent Press Conference.
The Asahi Shimbun talks about INCJ’s first huge investment into a Space Company.
News Home TV shares a clip from the Astroscale Press Conference event in Tokyo.
Nikkei talks about Innovation Network of Corporation Japan (INCJ)’s commitment to fund up to USD 30million to Astroscale.
In a recent press conference, Astroscale shares that it has secured up to USD 35 million in funding from venture capital funds, INCJ, Jafco and other third party investors.
The Harvard Business Review meets with ASTROSCALE’s Nobu Okada, Eriko Yamamoto as well as OSG’s Jiro Osawa in an intimate session picking their brains on the space debris issue, over a artistic drawing session.
Our CEO, Nobu is invited as the first speaker over a series of lectures to be held at the Japan Creative Center on Nassim Road in commemoration of Singapore-Japan 50 years (SJ50) celebrations.
ASTROSCALE is featured as one of the Top 10 Space Companies to watch in 2016.
Nikkei is invited to the IDEA OSG 1 press conference and interviews the President of OSG as well as Astroscale CEO on the sponsorship agreement.
Cutting tool specialists OSG Corporation have announced their sponsorship of Astroscale’s Debris Monitoring Satellite, IDEA OSG 1.
Higashi Aichi attends the IDEA OSG 1 Press conference, set in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan. In this newspaper article panelists for the press conference were featured.
Astroscale was one of the companies featured in the NHK Television program about innovative cleaning initiatives. Our company’s mission to cleaning the Space Environment is highlighted in the television programme.
Nobu gets invited back by CNBC for a segment on the Japanese Economy.
In the November issue of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) journal, the topic of sustainable use of the space environment is discussed. Astroscale’s company mission strongly supports this and we are featured for our approach of developing technology to actively counter the Space Debris Congestion dangers.
The Edge Singapore talk about the dangers of Space Debris and sit down to here Astroscale’s solution propositions to tackle the issue.
Our very own Yasunori Yamazaki represents Astroscale at the SPACE TIDE 2015 event in Tokyo, Japan. As a panel member for the Panel 1 session on ‘Japan’s Space Venture Challenge, Vision and Endeavour of Japanese Space Startups’, he talks about the Astroscale solution to the Space Debris Challenge. More on his bio can be read here. Yasu’s speech can be watched in the link below from 1:02h onwards.
CBN News sits down with CEO Nobu Okada on his views on running Astroscale, including business strategy in earning revenue as well as business challenges within the Space Debris Removal business.
Asahi Shimbun writes about Astroscale and JAXA’s efforts to launch the IDEA-1 mission, a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Microsatellite, able to detect small-sized debris of less than 10cm in diameter. This capability is currently not able to be done from Earth and will provide very essential data on the debris congestion.
CEO, Nobu Okada is invited to the SID Director’s Conference to give a talk titled ‘Innovation in Space: Clearing debris in the beyond’.
CEO, Nobu Okada is invited to speak at the APEC Young Entrepreneur’s Summit at the Global Innovator Conference 2015 in Beijing, China. More on his bio can be read on the website.
In a special September STAR WARS edition, WIRED magazine from Japan does an exclusive on the Astroscale Story.
9 News covers the Lunar Dream Capsule Project and further information on the special payload designed by Astroscale.
Space News and Astroscale talk beginnings, technology and business strategy in a Q&A interview session.
Metaplaneta is a creative think tank that investigates a multidisciplinary approach to Space. In this feature, a full interview of Astroscale’s beginnings and emergence within the Space Industry.
The Lunar Dream Capsule, a project managed and run by Astroscale was commended at the 9th Kids Design Awards 2015, judged by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan.
Astroscale CEO, Nobu Okada is invited as an entrepreneur panelist during the Panel 1 session of the Global Space Innovation Conference (GLIC) 2015 on the 24th of June. Nobu’s bio can be read from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) website.
Nikkei Asian Review visits Astroscale at the 2015 Tech in Asia Conference held in Singapore. Astroscale is featured as one of the start up companies in Asia to look out for.
Nikkan Kogyo feature Astroscale and Yuki Precision’s booth at the Paris Air Show 2015.
Space Digest features Astroscale’s appearance at the 2015 Paris Air Show. The article covers our concept and model behind the ADRAS-1 mission.
CNN visits us at the Paris Airshow to review Astroscale strategy of innovating a special glue to counter the problems of Space Debris Removal.
In this article, The Establishment Post sits down with Yasunori Yamazaki and gains an understanding of the reasons why space debris is our problem.
Astroscale’s strategy is featured in pages 70 and 71 of the June Issue of Nikkei Business 2015.
The Astroscale headquarters is featured in the Singapore Smart Nation video made by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
Astroscale opens its Engineering Lab in Tokyo, Japan. Astroscale Japan Inc. President Miki Ito is featured.
Following up from the Tech in Asia 2015 Conference, Astroscale is featured as a unique Space start up company.
Astroscale’s Mother and Boy strategy is featured on Page 37 of the May 2015 Issue.
Astroscale is featured on Singapore’s most widely read newspaper
Nobu Okada, CEO of Astroscale is invited onto CNBC’s Squawk Box to talk about the company’s mission to clean up space debris.
Nobu Okada, CEO, ASTROSCALE, is invited as a speaker.
Nikkei Business Daily, leading business newspaper in Japan, covered Astroscale’s ambition to tackle the issue of space debris.
ASTROSCALE CEO, Nobu Okada is invited as a speaker at the Nomura Investment Forum Asia (NIFA) 2015 to be held on 2 – 5 June 2015 in Singapore. In its 12th year running, NIFA has been a regional “must attend” event, connecting global investors to with over 150 major companies in Asia including Japan and prominent thought leaders.
Nobu Okada, CEO, Astroscale, inspires the Next Generation, how to accomplish their dream.
A SINGAPORE-BASED startup seeking to develop affordable space debris removal services to enable safer, more sustainable satellite missions will be among 13 startups representing Singapore at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) trade show next week in the US in Austin, Texas.
ASTROSCALE participated at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Trade Show in Austin, Texas from 15 – 18 March 2015.
We were presenter at this annual global gathering to discuss the Sustainable Space Development and Space Situational Awareness. Nobu Okada, CEO, ASTROSCALE, shared our aspiration to develop technology to remove space debris.
Nobu Okada, CEO, ASTROSCALE, was the finalist at Yume Award 2015 and invited to make a presentation at the legendary venue, Budokan.
Our Lunar Dream Capsule Project was featured in the well known Travel Guide in Japan.
Our Lunar Dream Capsule Project was featured in the well known Travel Guide in Japan.