October 19, 2022

Infostellar Opens New Ground Station in Northern Japan

Infostellar, the creator of StellarStation, an innovative cloud based platform,  and provider of global Ground Segment as a Services (GSaaS) to the space industry, is pleased to announce the opening of our first ground station location in Japan. This new, multi-purpose ground station is located in the Hokkaido Prefecture at Taiki-cho in the north of Japan, making it an ideal location for hosting satellite tracking antennas in any orbital inclination, and is especially attractive to  Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites.

"With our new ground station site in Taiki, Infostellar has expanded our services to include dedicated hosting antennas for satellite operators interested in performing spacecraft contacts in this region of the world," said Naomi Kurahara, CEO and Co-Founder of Infostellar. "We are now poised to expand our customer base by providing increased access to key and strategic Asia Pacific market areas for remote sensing, Internet of Things (IoT) and SATCOM clients," Kurahara added. 

Hosted 3M, Remote Sensing Antenna

Infostellar has pioneered the concept of providing cloud-based GSaaS services to space operations companies through its unique StellarStation platform. By adding dedicated hosting services at the Taiki ground station, and future locations in Central and Southern Japan, Infostellar enhances its ability to provide services to the global space industry. With worldwide network operations in Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and our new Americas region operating in the United States, Infostellar is quickly becoming the go-to solution [provider] for a wide range of satellite applications.

Tom Pirrone, CEO of Infostellar U.S. said, "There is a real need for global access to ground-based  resources, however, there is also an expanding interest in operating in Japan for local and regional coverage of the Asia Pacific region. We have already contracted two key U.S. space operations players at our Taiki site and we have a full pipeline that requires additional capacity expansion in Taiki in the very near future. We are now in the process of expanding operations at Taiki and we are also engaged in discussions on our first ground station location in Okinawa which is of great interest to both the US and global space communities." 

Infostellar Taiki hosting facility, site entrance.

Infostellar is in an expansion mode to continue to enhance both its GSaaS and Dedicated Hosting services. To further support our growing user base, Infostellar works very closely with local, regional and international regulatory players as an active partner in gaining licensing and approvals for our clients. "Our ability to communicate effectively with space regulators and licensing officials in Japan and abroad allows our company to provide the much-needed expertise and support to gain operational approvals," Kurahara said.  "Being a full-service provider to the global space industry is the realization of the vision that Infostellar was founded upon," she added. 

Infostellar is also adding more ground stations around the world to continue to provide customers with the highest-quality services, in a cost-effective manner.

About Infostellar

Infostellar is a satellite 'Ground Segment as a Service' (GSaaS) provider. Infostellar provides flexible and scalable ground station services enabled by our cloud platform, 'StellarStation', which virtualizes ground station networks. Infostellar also provides support for the ground segment operations necessary for satellite operations, such as radio license acquisition and frequency coordination operations. By lowering the barriers to entry in the ground segment, Infostellar empowers new space businesses to build better missions and improve the quality of their service. Founded in 2016, Infostellar is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has offices in the U.K. and the U.S.

For more information, visit https://www.infostellar.net

About StellarStation

StellarStation is a flexible, scalable, satellite ground station sharing platform. After a one-time setup, satellite operators can access any ground station across Infostellar’s global network. StellarStation also enables ground station owners to monetize their unused capacity by making it available to satellite operators. https://www.stellarstation.com/

October 19, 2022

インフォステラ、北海道大樹町に新しい地上局サイトを開設

株式会社インフォステラ(代表取締役:倉原直美、本社:東京都新宿区)は、北海道大樹町に地上局サイトを開設したことを発表します。

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October 21, 2021

Infostellar raises ¥700M ($ 6.16M USD) in 1st round of Series B Financing

Infostellar, a Japanese Ground-Segment-as-a-Service (GSaaS) provider, has completed the first round of their Series B fundraising of a total of ¥700M ($6.16M USD) through a third-party allotment of shares with Space Frontier Fund (SPARX Innovation for Future Co., Ltd.), Mitsubishi Corporation, ITOCHU Corporation, Next New Business and Technologies I Limited Partnership (tb innovations Ltd.), and Mizuho Growth Fund No.4 Limited Partnership (Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.). With this financing, we [Infostellar] will accelerate the global expansion of our business by forming capital tie-ups with business companies that have global business networks.

As a result, the total amount of funds raised to date is ¥1.94B ($17.09M USD). Infostellar is continuing discussions with existing and new investors, and the final round will close later in 2021. 

Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Capital VII, Limited Partnership (Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd.), and Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc. are the underwriters of corporate bonds with stock acquisition rights issued in March 2020. However, together with this financing round,  they became a new shareholder of the company.

Since raising funds in March 2020, Infostellar has been working on improving the functions of the GSaaS platform StellarStation for commercial use for satellite communications. In January 2021, Infostellar succeeded in demonstration experiments with satellites in orbit, and since March 2021 Infostellar has been providing downlink services for commercial satellites to European Government agencies. In June 2021, Infostellar announced a partnership with AWS Ground Station through which AWS ground stations will be made available to satellite operators through the StellarStation platform. 

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Based on the funds raised at this time, Infostellar will be able to increase the amount of ground stations that can be provided through the StellarStation platform, enter the US market and grow the number of customers. Infostellar plans to expand its team to strengthen their operational systems and address new market opportunities.

Investor Comments

Shinichiro Kengaku, President, CEO of SPARX Innovation for Future Co., Ltd.

“I believe that the 2020s will be the decade in which utilizing satellite data will help solve various social issues across the globe. With this goal in mind, I expect Infostellar will deliver unprecedented flexibility and scalability to meet the challenges many satellite operators face in securing satellite communications with ground stations. I hope that Infostellar will explore the very frontiers of the new Japanese space industry.”

Mitsumasa Icho, Executive Vice President, Group CEO, Urban Development Group, Mitsubishi Corporation

“With the progress of data utilization and related services in space and on the ground by utilizing small low-orbit satellites, the highly flexible and expandable ground station network provided by Infostellar is indispensable for building digital infrastructures that connect outer space and ground. We will work on projects in Japan and overseas, such as data center projects and large-scale urban development projects in ASEAN installing green power sources, increasing energy efficiency by utilizing AI, and improving urban connectivity by connecting to ground station networks.”

Tatsushi Shingu, President, ICT & Financial Business Company, ITOCHU Corporation

“We expect that the demand for ground stations will increase significantly as the LEO satellite market expands and that Infostellar will play a key role in the space industry. Infostellar, with unique technological capabilities and business model, has a simple seamless platform that connects ground stations and satellites worldwide. ITOCHU will support expanding GSaaS business together with Infostellar by utilizing our longstanding knowledge and our global network in the space business.”

Hyunmin Go, President of tb innovations Ltd.

"Infostellar aims to provide significant value to  customers around the world by developing the ground station platform service with a unique and competitive business model in the fast-growing satellite industry to make the space more valuable to human society. tb Innovations under Tokyo Boeki Group having strong belief in the vision Infostellar provided would like to contribute to further development of the space industry and build more robust business relationships & close collaboration with infostellar through this investment."

Yusuke Omachi, President of Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.

“The cloud-based ground station platform StellarStation developed by Infostellar, Inc. is an epoch-making solution that greatly reduces complexity of communication access between artificial satellites and ground stations and solves the issues that artificial satellite operators have.

We [Mizuho Capital] made an investment at this time because we are convinced that StellarStation will be a service that strongly supports the future development of the space business.Mizuho Capital will contribute to the further development of the space business together with the Infostellar Inc., including president Kurahara and other company members.“

About Infostellar

Infostellar is a satellite 'Ground Segment as a Service' (GSaaS) provider. Infostellar provides flexible and scalable ground station services enabled by our cloud platform, 'StellarStation', which virtualizes ground station networks. Infostellar also provides support for ground segment operations necessary for satellite operations, such as radio license acquisition and frequency coordination operations. By lowering the barriers to entry in the ground segment, Infostellar empowers new space businesses to build better missions and improve the quality of their service. Founded in 2016, Infostellar is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has its European office in the UK. For more information, visit https://www.infostellar.net

About StellarStationStellarStation is a flexible, scalable, satellite ground station sharing platform. After a one-time setup, satellite operators can access any ground station across our global network. StellarStation also enables ground station owners to monetize their unused capacity by sharing it with satellite operators. https://www.stellarstation.com/

May 11, 2021

なぜ今お寺を宇宙に作るのか〜テラスペースが宇宙寺院プロジェクトでめざすもの(後編)

宇宙寺院プロジェクトを進めるテラスペース株式会社代表の北川貞大さんとの対談です。プロジェクトを立ち上げる上での困難、そこから見えてくる日本のビジネス課題、このプロジェクトにかける北川さんの想いについてご説明をいただきました。

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April 26, 2021

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February 19, 2021

「次は、宇宙へ。」〜ANAが手掛ける宇宙事業とその未来図(後編)

ANAにおける宇宙ビジネスの中心となる、社内のイノベーション創出部隊「デジタル・デザイン・ラボ」をリードする津田佳明さんとの対談です。
宇宙事業の課題やその改善のポイント、将来像についてお話しいただきました。

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February 12, 2021

「次は、宇宙へ。」〜ANAが手掛ける宇宙事業とその未来図(中編)

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デジタル・デザイン・ラボが取り組む事業のうち宇宙事業についてお話しをお伺いしました。

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February 5, 2021

「次は、宇宙へ。」〜ANAが手掛ける宇宙事業とその未来図(前編)

ANAにおける宇宙ビジネスの中心となる、社内のイノベーション創出部隊「デジタル・デザイン・ラボ」をリードする津田佳明さんとの対談です。デジタル・デザイン・ラボの取り組みについてお話しいただきました。

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