Astroscale Ships ELSA-d Spacecraft to Launch Site
by Staff Writers
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Dec 22, 2020
Astroscale Holdings Inc. ("Astroscale"), the market leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, has shipped its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a March 2021 launch on a Soyuz rocket.
"Shipment is always a significant milestone on any satellite development program," said Gene Fujii, Astroscale Chief Engineer. "We have officially moved from the manufacturing phase to the launch and operations preparation phase, and we are eager to see ELSA-d in orbit."
ELSA-d is the first mission to demonstrate the core technologies necessary for space debris docking and removal, a major step towards expanding on-orbit services and achieving Astroscale's vision of safe and sustainable space for the benefit of future generations.
"Our journey to this point has been long, challenging, and rewarding - now begins a trailblazing journey for ELSA-d itself," said Nobu Okada, Astroscale Founder and CEO. "A new era of space sustainability starts with this shipment, and watching ELSA-d leave our Tokyo headquarters was a powerful moment."
Founded in 2013, Astroscale is developing innovative and scalable solutions across the spectrum of on-orbit servicing missions, including life extension, in-situ space situational awareness, end-of-life services, 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.
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