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.