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12 September 2019


〜Daily Coverage of Particular Area To Be A Reality with 5 Satellites〜

TOKYO, September 13, 2019 – Axelspace Corporation announces the total number of GRUS satellite to be launched after April 2020 to be 4 GRUS satellite, with the addition of 1 satellite (GRUS–1E), following the agreement with Russian Launch Service Provider, GK Launch Services. The Company has previously announced to launch 3 satellites (GRUS-1B, GRUS-1C and Fukui Prefectural Satellite).

After the launch, the number of satellites in AxelGlobe will grow to five, greatly increasing the platform’s imaging capabilities, to be able to provide nearly daily coverage for particular area in the mid- to high- latitude region including Japan. This will accelerate the development of various applications by delivering actual data for POC that requires high temporal resolution, to drive AxelGlobe to completion.

Launch details

Below are the details of the launch of GRUS-1B, 1C, 1E and of Fukui Prefectural Satellite as of now.

Launch vehicle           Soyuz-2

Launch site                 Baikonur

Orbit                           Sun-synchronous orbit, 600km altitude

Launch operator         GK Launch Services

Launch period            From Q2 2020

About Axelspace Corporation

Head office location: Clip Nihonbashi Building 2-3F, 3-3-3 Nihonbashi-Honcho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan President & CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Establishment: August 8, 2008
Capital stock: 4,537 Million JPY (including capital reserve)

Main business content: Solutions based on microsatellite technology, design and production of microsatellites and related components, launch arrangements and operational support, business related to microsatellite data

About Soyuz:

Soyuz-2 LV is the most reliable launch vehicle*. Within one mission, Fregat Upper Stage can make up to 3 orbits and provide precise orbital injection for any type of spacecraft, making it uniquely positioned to service customers with varying orbit altitude needs on a single launch.

About GK Launch Services:

GK Launch Services is a commercial operator authorized to conclude and implement contracts for rendering launch services with the use of Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from Russian spaceports. GK Launch Services was founded on 25th April 2017 as a joint venture of GLAVKOSMOS, a subsidiary of ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation, and INTERNATIONAL SPACE COMPANY KOSMOTRAS.

*The only launcher that delivers cosmonauts and astronauts to the ISS.