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Astroscale

Astroscale

Astroscale is a company that was created to find solutions for orbital debris

Astroscale is a company that is interested in removing orbital debris through EOL and ADR services. The company was founded by Mitsunobu Okada and Nobu Okada in 2013, in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.

The company recognizes the amount of debris that occupies orbital space consists of millions of pieces of trash that can measure up to 10cm in diameter. Since they expect to see thousands of satellites launch within the next decade, they look to develop sustainable technologies to help remove and secure debris.

Timeline

November 25, 2021
Astroscale raises a $109,000,000 series F round.
March 22, 2021
Astroscale launches its ELSA-d orbital debris removal satellite.
October 2020
Astroscale announces that it has raised $51 million, making its total raised to date $191 million.
October 2020
Astroscale raises a $51,000,000 series E round from Hulic Co., I NET, Shimizu Corporation, Sparx Space Frontier Fund and aSTART.
January 22, 2020
Astroscale raises a $4,500,000 grant.
April 11, 2019
Astroscale raises a $30,000,000 series D round from Joe Hirao, UTokyo Innovation Platform and aSTART.
December 7, 2018
Astroscale raises a $1,000,000 series D round from UTokyo Innovation Platform.
October 2018
Astroscale raises a $50,000,000 series D round from Innovation Network of Japan, JAFCO Japan, KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS, Mitsubishi Estate, Mizuho Capital, SBI Investment, SMBC Venture Capital and aSTART.
July 14, 2017
Astroscale raises a $25,000,000 series C round from Innovation Network of Japan, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital and aSTART.
March 1, 2016
Astroscale raises a $35,000,000 series B round from Innovation Network of Japan and JAFCO Asia.

Funding rounds

Patents

Further Resources

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Astroscale - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding

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Astroscale, Securing Space Sustainability

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News

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Aria Alamalhodaei
August 25, 2021
TechCrunch
Astroscale hit a major milestone Wednesday, when its space junk removal demo satellite that's currently in orbit successfully captured and released a client spacecraft using a magnetic system. The End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission was launched in March, with the goal of validating the company's orbital debris removal tech. The demonstrator package, which was [...]
Cliff Saran
July 20, 2021
ComputerWeekly.com
A UK Space Agency project is being used to showcase how a quantum-inspired algorithm can work out the best way to manage space debris
By Jenny Marc and Katy Scott, CNN
June 13, 2017
CNN
Japanese scientists are developing a system to capture and remove space debris.
Eric Niiler
March 29, 2021
Wired
Junk satellites can pose risks to other objects in Earth's orbit. Startups are testing out ways to tidy up, from magnets to robotic tentacles.
Darrell Etherington
March 22, 2021
TechCrunch
Space startup Astroscale has launched ELSA-d, the demonstration mission for its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale (ELSA) technology, which aims to dock with, and then safely remove, orbital debris. Astroscale's demonstrator package includes two separate payloads, a servicer that represents its future production spacecraft, and a 'client' satellite that's meant to represent the debris satellites it'll [...]
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