Astroscale’s response to COVID-19

Posted March 31st, 2020 Posted in News

Like the rest of the world, we at Astroscale have been following the growing COVID-19 pandemic with increasing concern.  It is precisely at times like this, when there is so much uncertainty and fear, that it is most necessary for us all to pull together as a community.  Our global Astroscale family is working to do what we can to reduce the spread of the virus and highlight the importance of connectivity to our future.

In response to the growing pandemic, Astroscale has now temporarily shut down our offices in Japan, the UK, the US and Singapore.  Our global staff of over 100 people are now all working from our homes but continuing to stay in close contact. We are not certain when each of our offices will reopen but we will keep our friends around the world informed as we have updates.

With many of us in self-quarantine, satellite services are taking on increased importance as we not only continue to move our mission forward, but also check in on loved ones virtually, stream movies to pass the time, or monitor the footprint of the coronavirus spread across the globe. Our reliance on space is now greater than ever and one thing is abundantly clear – protecting each other, and maintaining sustainability of orbital services which keep us connected as a global community, is more crucial than ever.

This temporary shutdown will not delay Astroscale as we continue to move forward with steps to secure long-term spaceflight safety and orbital sustainability for the benefit of future generations. Our initial technology demonstration mission, ELSA-d, is still planned for launch in late 2020 and we are on schedule to deliver the spacecraft to the launch site on time. We are eager to demonstrate the technology that will help to keep our orbital environment secure.

Stay safe out there everyone and let’s look out for each other. This reminder of the importance of our orbit only motivates us more to protect those services up there, so that we can continue to protect each other down here.