Astroscale is the first private company with a vision for the safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations, and the only company solely dedicated to on-orbit servicing across all orbits.
Astroscale is developing innovative and scalable solutions across the spectrum of on-orbit servicing, including life extension, in situ space situational awareness, end of life, and active debris removal
Founded in 2013, Astroscale is developing innovative and scalable solutions across the spectrum of on-orbit servicing, including life extension, in situ space situational awareness, end of life, and active debris removal, to create sustainable space systems and mitigate the growing and hazardous buildup of debris in space. Astroscale is also defining business cases and working with government and commercial stakeholders to develop norms, regulations, and incentives for the responsible use of space.
Astroscale has a growing team of over 250 people – 75% of whom are engineers and all of whom have a passion to secure sustainability in space.
Headquartered in Japan, Astroscale has an international presence with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, and Singapore. Astroscale is a rapidly expanding venture company, working to advance safe and sustainable growth in space and solve a growing environmental concern.
Develop innovative technologies, advance business cases, and inform international policies that reduce orbital debris and support long-term, sustainable use of space.
Safe and sustainable development of space for the benefit of future generations.
Life Extension (LEX) Service
Geostationary-orbit (GEO) satellites are a critical part of the telecommunications, navigation and national security space infrastructure. The cost to deploy a single GEO satellite however, can be well over $200 million, underscoring the value of servicing, repairing or upgrading such satellites rather than just replacing them. On-orbit servicing therefore presents a robust and compelling set of value propositions to GEO satellite operators, with independent valuations estimates that life extension and other on-orbit satellite services will generate more than $4 billion in revenues by 2028.
End of Life (EOL) Service
Astroscale’s End-of-Life (EOL) services provide you with safe, reliable, and cost-effective spacecraft retrieval solutions for your satellites. Astroscale’s EOL services present a proactive way for satellite operators to protect the orbital environment and the services that they offer.
End-of-Life Service (ELSA-M)
Our ELSA-M service will provide you with a solution to safely and responsibly capture and retire multiple client (M) satellites in a single mission. The ELSA-M servicer spacecraft leverages flight heritage technology, systems and capability developed during our End-of-Life Service by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission. The servicer will be able to support a range of future satellite operators, including constellations, which are equipped with a compatible magnetic capture mechanism such as the Astroscale Docking Plate.
Active Debris Removal (ADR)
Astroscale recognizes that there is an institutional market for ADR and is developing missions to identify and capture debris that is already in orbit. Removing clients that are currently in orbit requires significant preparation from a technical and regulatory perspective as these objects were not prepared for servicing before launch and are owned by governments. Working with national space agencies and international organizations, Astroscale is developing missions that incorporate innovative solutions for capture and removal of environmentally critical debris, such as rocket upper stages and defunct satellites that are already in orbit.
Space Situational Awareness (SSA)
SSA is the ability to characterize activities in space and the space environment (including space weather). Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) is a subset of SSA focused on the motion and activities of objects, both active and inactive, in orbit.
Astroscale’s spacecraft and missions are highly flexible, with payloads capable of providing sensor data that can be used to underpin SSA capabilities. As our technologies develop, we aim to use our spacecraft’s capabilities to support a broader ecosystem of SSA data services.