Axelspace Moves towards Expanding Earth-Observation Constellation

Axelspace Moves towards Expanding Earth-Observation Constellation

Before accidents or disasters, Axelspace captures imagery of facilities and the surrounding area for BCP customers. After an event, the company provides customers with information on the state of their assets and the surrounding environment.

FREMONT, CA: With four satellites scheduled to launch in 2021, Tokyo-based Axelspace is moving toward its goal of capturing daily, global Earth imagery.

“The additional satellites will help us jump the curve by elevating the revisit rate to up to 1.4 days,” said Yasunori Yamazaki, Axelspace chief business officer.

Alexspace began commercial operations in 2019 with imagery from its first 100-kilogram satellite launched in 2018. Alexspace announced plans to send four satellites into sun-synchronous orbit in March on a Soyuz-2 rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

When the company has five satellites, its constellation will revisit mid-latitude regions, including Japan, an average of 1.4 times per day and low-latitude areas once every three days. While awaiting the launch, Axelspace is continuing to build satellites to expand its Earth-observation constellation.

Alexspace satellites, called GRUS, are equipped with cameras to gather imagery with a resolution of 2.5 meters in red, blue, green, near-infrared, and red-edge wavelengths. The imagery is designed for customers seeking to detect changes in agricultural fields and forests and track economic trends and conduct environmental monitoring.

In October, Axelspace began offering a business continuity planning (BCP) service. “We offer satellite images to solve the pressing needs to monitor disaster-prone areas to mitigate the damage, starting only from a monthly fee of $500,” Yamazaki said.

Before accidents or disasters, Axelspace captures imagery of facilities and the surrounding area for BCP customers. After an event, the company provides customers with information on the state of their assets and the surrounding environment. Axelspace offers customers access to imagery through AxelGlobe, a web-based Earth observation platform.

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