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Space BD to Provide the Smallsat Deployment From ISS for ArkEdgeSpace

23 Feb 2021, 12:23 UTC
Space BD to Provide the Smallsat Deployment From ISS for ArkEdgeSpace
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TOKYO (Space BD PR) — Space BD Inc., the leading Japanese space startup providing access to space, announced that it would provide satellite deployment service from the International Space Station to ArkEdge Space for their satellite “NSPO-01.” NSPO-01 is an earth observation satellite developed by ArkEdge Space, the National Space Organization (NSPO) of Taiwan, and the University of Tokyo. It is the first mission for Space BD to work with NSPO.

ArkEdge Space (former company name: Space Edge Lab) is founded in 2018 as a spinout of Nakasuka-Funase Laboratory at the University of Tokyo, the Department of Aerospace Engineering. This time, ArkEdge Space awarded the contract by NSPO as co-researcher with Nakasuka laboratory to develop, launch, insert in orbit, and lead the initial operations of a 6U smallsatellite (100.0×226.3×366.0mm).

NSPO-01 realizes a low-cost earth observation by attaching the optical observation device developed by NSPO to the satellite with the high attitude control technology developed by the Nakasuka laboratory. The low-cost and short-term satellite development is realized by utilizing consumer products.It is expected to expand its use and business in a wide range of efficient and frequent disaster monitoring and environmental monitoring.

Space BD engineering team leads the launch and deployment ...

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