his device aims at space debris mitigation measures. It will be loaded onto a satellite before launch and will extend a long tether (EDT) in space after the completion of the satellite mission. Using the Earth’s magnetic field and atmospheric drag, the orbital altitude is lowered in a shorter period of time and enables the satellite to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up. As part of the JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation(J-SPARC) project, ALE has developed this world’s first PMD* device using a carbon nanotube electron source and EDT.
Working towards the realization of this vision, ALE is developing space entertainment, such as man-made shooting stars, that is aimed to sparks people’s curiosity, accumulation and utilization of middle atmospheric data which will enable to help characterize the mechanisms behind climate change, and this device that contributes to creating a sustainable space environment.Space BD focuses on business development to promote industrialization of space. Space BD makes space accessible to everyone by expanding space utilization and providing the satellite launch service, the utilization service of the International Space Station Kibo, etc. In order to develop the space industry sustainably, Space BD also promotes the space debris prevention. Space BD will contribute ALE’s widen and speed up market reach by providing the experience and market connections in Japan and overseas countries.Through this business alliance, both companies are aiming to create a sustainable space environment by suitably and effectively developing and conducting outreach activities for the market.