With support from the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, Axelspace and GSS explore opportunities to deliver competitive remote sensing solutions especially to the energy industry by combining the satellite imagery data from Axelspace’s AxelGlobe platform, powered by its microsatellite constellation GRUS, and Gazprom’s remote sensing system, powered by SMOTR-V satellites, the Tokyo-based company said.
AxelGlobe is Axelspace’s next-generation Earth observation platform, consisting of dozens of microsatellites named GRUS. The first GRUS satellite was launched in December 2018, and its data has been delivered to a wide range of clients since May 2019. Its applications vary from agriculture to disaster monitoring, urban planning and land management. Axelspace is ready to launch 4 additional GRUS satellites soon, allowing for much higher revisit rate.
The SMOTR System is developed by Gazprom Space Systems, an affiliate of Gazprom, specialized in the creation and operation of telecommunication and geoinformation space systems. The system’s primary focus is to search for new gas deposits, monitor gas infrastructure and conduct environmental monitoring.