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Axelspace and KSAT expands their partnership

Tokyo-based Axelspace and KSAT have signed a joint agreement on satellite imagery applications and solutions using AxelGlobe, on top of the global KSATlite ground network support

In a newly signed agreement, Axelspace Corporation and KSAT are expanding their existing partnership on Global Ground Network support to also include data distribution from AxelGlobe, powered by the constellation of GRUS, a 100Kg microsatellite for optical Earth observation.

With the successful launch of 4 satellites (GRUS-1B, 1C, 1D and 1E) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on March 22, 2021, Axelspace is moving toward its goal of developing AxelGlobe, the next-generation Earth observation platform, consisting of dozens of GRUS satellites. It will enable Axelspace to monitor any place on the planet on a daily basis, with 2.5-meter resolution, when it is complete with at least 10 satellites in 2023. By introducing AxelGlobe data to their already extensive portfolio of satellites, KSAT can strengthen their optical imagery capacity with a new resource.

– I am excited to bring us to the next level with Axelspace as it represents a strengthening of the collaboration into the application and imagery services. We are happy to see the successful launch of the 4 GRUS satellites and looking forward to exploring future opportunities in the optical imagery domain together with Axelspace, says Kenneth Olafsson, KSAT Sales Director Asia.

Iceberg A-68, South Atlantic Ocean, December 19, 2020

The GRUS constellation will be supported on the KSATlite Global Ground Network, and Axelspace will benefit from the scalable and API-based KSATlite solution, optimized for supporting growing satellite constellations. KSAT is also integrating with the Axelspace cloud solution, pushing the data directly into a public cloud for processing and storage. Being the only commercial operator of an optical satellite constellation in Japan, Axelspace has pioneered that market.

– We are a dreamer and a believer that by delivering more clarity of what is going on in our Planet, we can create a climate for change to have a greater appreciation for Earth’s beauty and an increased sense of responsibility to protect our only home. By seeing the Earth from a greater distance, we believe it impacts how we see the world and develop a new cognitive framework to make decisions. By partnering with KSAT, we hope to empower anyone with actionable Earth Observation data to make smarter decisions, says Yasu Yamazaki, Chief Business Officer, Axelspace.

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Nina Soleng, Head of Communications KSAT

Mei Ikumoto