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Axelspace selects SKY Perfect JSAT & KSAT Ground Station Service for GRUS, the first commercial Japanese optical EO satellite


SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT) (Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo;  Representative Director, President & CEO: Shinji Takada) and Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) (Head Office: Tromsø, Norway; President and CEO: Rolf Skatteboe) announcing that Axelspace Corporation (Axelspace) (Head Office: Chuo-ku,  Tokyo; President & Chief Executive Officer: Yuya Nakamura) has selected the SKY Perfect JSAT & KSAT joint Ground Station Service for GRUS satellite for its AxelGlobe project.

Axelspace has announced that the launch of the GRUS-1 satellite is scheduled for 27 December, 2018,1 the first satellite of a future constellation. SKY Perfect JSAT and

KSAT will in partnership provide ground station services for GRUS satellite by using SKY Perfect JSAT’s owned and operated ground station at the Ibaraki Network Control Center and support of every orbit (14 of 14) from the unique KSAT ground station at Svalbard. This is the first joint ground service contract award for the partners, cooperating under a Strategic Alliance Agreement for LEO ground station service concluded in 2016. 2 SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will support this satellite program

Axelspace selects SKY Perfect JSAT & KSAT Ground Station Service for GRUS, the first commercial Japanese optical EO satellite with KSATLite, a global ground network as a service, optimized for small satellites and big constellations. A high degree of standardization, supporting all the major standards in satellite and launch vehicle space to ground communications, makes the service easily scalable and cost effective.  The KSATLite global network is fully operational and live today, and by leveraging this award, SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will expand their business for the emerging LEO market.   

GRUS is a next-generation remote sensing microsatellite, the building block of Axelspace’s Earth observation LEO constellation. Even with its mass of less than 100kg, it will enable us to obtain images with 2.5m ground resolution. The first GRUS-1 satellite will be launched this December followed by many more in the coming years, making high-frequency monitoring a reality for the entire Earth. When the full constellation is in place, Axelspace will be able to update the imagery of the Earth every day, making the satellite data easily accessible through the AxelGlobe platform. Axelspace will start commercial service for the imageries and its analysis data in 2019.   

More than 7000 small satellites are expected to be launched into orbit by 20273 globally, fueled by technological development, new innovative solutions and launch services emerging, and the ground business market will be expanded accordingly. SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT have strong interest in growing and supporting the NewSpace community and expanding its presence in the LEO domain.



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