Cash for sweeper sats
Start-up watch: Surely $7.7 million isn’t too high a price tag for cleaning up space. That’s the amount of finance Singapore-based start-up Astroscale has just picked up to help it in its quest of developing satellites to remove space debris from orbit around the Earth. And it aims to do that by incubating services such as active space debris removal technologies while raising public awareness of space environmental issues.
The $7.7 million will be used to establish an office in Japan to accelerate the manufacture of small sweeper satellites, with Astroscale looking to launch the globe’s first demonstration of active debris/space junk removal towards end-2017.
Astroscale has also managed to get a brand onboard too. Last year it announced a partnership with health drink Pocari Sweat to sponsor the Lunar Dream Capsule Project. The initiative will see the capsule landing on the moon along with a powdered version of Pocari Sweat, a bunch of messages from Earthling children, plus J-pop music from the band GreeeeN.