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AxelSpace

AxelSpace is a company that is developing technology for private microsatellites.

AxelSpace is interested in developing businesses in the microsatellite market including the construction of a monitoring platform to encompass Earth everyday. The company was founded by Naoki Miyashita, Takashi Eishima, and Yuya Nakamura in 2008, in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

AxelSpace looks to provide solutions for microsatellite technology, design and production of microsatellites and related components, launch arrangements and operational support, as well as working with microsatellite data. The company has accomplished five launches including of the first commercial microsatellite to monitor the Arctic Ocean, and the first of their own satellite for their AxelGlobe constellation, the GRUS.

One of the primary focuses for AxelSpace is to build a constellation that will be able to cover the globe each day. They estimate this will take roughly ten to twenty satellites to achieve. The satellites will be equipped with cameras that take images in red, blue, green, near-infrared, and red-edge wavelengths. Each satellite will have a mass of 100 kilograms to support cameras that are large enough to image in each of these spectral bands.

Timeline

May 13, 2021
AxelSpace raises a $24,000,000 series C round.
July 2019
AxelSpace raises a $5,096,131 venture round from Japan Finance.
December 2018
AxelSpace raises a $24,100,000 series B round from 31Ventures, Dai-ichi Life, Global Brain Corporation, Innovation Network of Japan, SBI Investment and UTokyo Innovation Platform.
November 2015
AxelSpace raises a $17,600,000 series A round from Energy & Environment Investment, Global Brain Corporation, Itochu Technology Ventures, Mitsui & Co., SKY Perfect JSAT Corp and SMBC Venture Capital.
September 2015
AxelSpace raises a $1,667,824 venture round from Energy & Environment Investment, Global Brain Corporation, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Mitsui & Co., SBI Investment, SKY Perfect JSAT Corp, SMBC Venture Capital and Seibu Shinkin Capital.
March 1, 2014
AxelSpace raises a $279,000 seed round.

Funding rounds

People

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Role
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Kamata Tomihisa

Naoki Miyashita

Takashi Eishima

Yasunori Yamazaki

Yuya Nakamura

Further reading

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Axelspace - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding

Web

Axelspace raises $22.8 million for remote-sensing constellation - SpaceNews

Web

December 7, 2018

Company Profile | Axelspace

Web

September 18, 2019

Our Vision | Axelspace

Web

April 30, 2019

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Companies

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AxelSpace

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Microsatellites

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