Earth Observation Mission News
Axelspace’s first sat for Earth Observation constellation successfully orbited
28 December 2018
On 27th December 2018 at 11:07 JST (02:07 UTC), the microsatellite GRUS, developed by Japanese startup Axelspace Corporation, was successfully orbited. The launch took place from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome using the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle, with Russia's Kanopus-V-5/6 remote sensing satellite as its main payload and with 26 piggyback satellites. Axelspace has confirmed that GRUS has been located and tested, and is performing basic operations as expected.
The 100 kg GRUS satellite is the first satellite Axelspace has launched for AxelGlobe, a planned Earth imaging constellation that will be able to provide a global daily revisit rate. Axelspace plans to launch two more GRUS satellites in 2020, and then further increase the number to a maximum to 50 satellites, to achieve the completion of the AxelGlobe constellation by 2022.
Source: SpaceTech Asia
Image credit: GK Launch Services and Axelspace - GRUS mounted on the rocket.