Axelspace’s Demonstration Satellite “PYXIS” Scheduled for Launch

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Axelspace Corporation’s (Axelspace) demonstration satellite PYXIS is targeted to launch on March 4, 2024 (PST).

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The launch is scheduled as follows:

Launch Date: March 4, 2024 (PST)
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Mission of the Launch: Transporter-10
Launch Site: Vandenberg Space Force Base (California, USA)
Orbit: Sun-synchronous orbit, 500 - 600 km altitude
Launch Operator: SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.)
*The schedule may change due to other factors such as weather conditions.

PYXIS will work on the following missions in orbit.

1. Demonstration of the versatile satellite bus system* for AxelLiner
2. Demonstration of the sensors for the next-generation AxelGlobe satellites (GRUS)
3. Demonstration of a satellite radio experiment system by SONY Group


*The bus system is the fundamental satellite operation system, encompassing crucial functions such as attitude control and power supply.

General-purpose (Versatile) satellite bus and In-orbit Demonstration of Deployable Deorbit Mechanism are based on results obtained from the following projects subsidized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

· Development and Demonstration of General-Purpose CubeSat and Microsatellite Buses (FY2023-2026)
*This project is implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from FY2021 to FY2022
· Program to Support Ventures for Developing Space Components (FY2020-2021)

Company Profile
Axelspace Corporation
Location: Tokyo, Japan
President and CEO: Yuya Nakamura
Main business activities involve the following: Earth observation business using microsatellites; proposals of solutions utilizing microsatellites; designing and manufacturing of microsatellites and related components; launch arrangements for microsatellites; operational support and commissioning.

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