January 11th, 2019
Space BD participates in Fukui Univ. of Technology’s “Fukui PHOENIX Project”, providing satellite deployment services from the ISS “Kibo” module.
From left, Space BD’s Kazuma Momoo (Director, Satellite Launch Services), Fukui Univ. of Technology’s Prof. Tomoyuki Nakajo (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), and Space BD’s Makoto Kanazawa (Director, Business Development).
Space BD Inc. (Fukushima Bldg. 7F 1-5-3 Nhonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Co-Founder & CEO Masatoshi Nagasaki; hereinafter “Space BD”) will participate in Fukui Univ. of Technology’s (3-6-1 Gakuen, Fukui City, Fukui; President Dr. Tomoyuki Kakeshita) “Fukui PHOENIX Project” (hereinafter “Project”), under an agreement to provide satellite deployment services from the ISS for 2 of their 3U sized CubeSats (“FUT-SAT-1” and “FUT-SAT-2”) currently under development.
This Project is selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as part of the “Private University Research Branding Project”. The data collected by the satellite will be utilized to monitor artificial light and assess light pollution in order to promote the protection of starry skies.
Selected by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the commercial service provider for satellite deployment from Kibo, Space BD will provide end-to-end launch and deployment services for “FUT-SAT-2”, the second satellite of this project to be deployed from Kibo. Also for the first satellite “FUT-SAT-1”, which will be launched through the JAXA commercial utilization program, Space BD will be providing technical integration support services for satellite deployment.
Space BD will continue to identify new demands and support business development for the utilization and value maximization of Kibo. Starting with the participation in this Project, Space BD will further it’s involvement with regional economy stimulation through space businesses.
■ About Space BD Inc.
Space BD is a space start-up founded in September of 2017, aiming to become a platform that can answer any challenge in the pursue to industrialize space with a mission of contributing to the space industry such by mitigating the burden of entities concentrating on technical development.
Selected by JAXA as the commercial service provider for satellite deployment from Kibo in May 2018, Space BD will promote businesses placing the ISS as the core of low earth orbit commercialization.
For more information, please visit:space-bd.com/en/
■ Those interested in satellite deployment from Kibo
Space BD is always on the look out for customers seeking opportunities to launch and deploy satellites smaller than 50kg. Those wishing to apply, or for further information, please contact us using the information below.
Space BD Inc. (POC: Mr. Kazuma Momoo)