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IDEA OSG 1 Update
IN THE NEWS / November 30, 2017

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…

SSTL and ASTROSCALE team up for Orbital Debris Removal missions
PRESS RELEASE / November 21, 2017

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…

WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIAL SATELLITE TRACKING SUB-MILLIMETER SIZED DEBRIS IDEA OSG 1 SCHEDULED TO LAUNCH ON NOVEMBER 28
PRESS RELEASE / November 07, 2017

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…

ASTROSCALE AND JAXA CONCLUDE JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT
PRESS RELEASE / September 12, 2017

English press release is available here. Japanese press release is available here.

ASTROSCALE ANNOUNCES A NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
IN THE NEWS / August 01, 2017

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 RAISES A TOTAL OF $25 MILLION IN SERIES C LED BY PRIVATE COMPANIES
PRESS RELEASE / July 14, 2017

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 RECOGNIZED AS TECHNOLOGY PIONEERS BY WEF
IN THE NEWS / June 14, 2017

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 FEATURED ASTROSCALE
IN THE NEWS / May 22, 2017

NHK NEWS WEB article focuses on space debris issues and how ASTROSCALE aims to solve those as a private company.

THE CROWN PRINCE OF JAPAN’S VISIT
IN THE NEWS / March 08, 2017

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).

TOP 10 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES IN SPACE
IN THE NEWS / February 15, 2017

We’re honoured to be listed among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space by Fast Company.