Space satellite startup WARPSPACE Inc. established advisory board.
Former JAXA vice president Mr. OZAWA, Forbes Japan deputy editor in chief Mr. TANIMTO, Founder of Tully's Coffee Japan Co., Ltd. Mr. MATSUDA has inaugurated as members of advisory board.
On March 19th, WARPSPACE held "How are you going to involve in the space business with a market size of 70 trillion yen?", an event to think about the space industry.
Space Satellite Startup WARPSPACE Inc. (Headquarter: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Chairman: KAMEDA, Toshihiro) established advisory board as of February 28th 2019, and invited Mr. OZAWA Shuji (Former JAXA vice president), TANIMOTO Yukari (Forbes Japan deputy editor in chief), MATSUDA Kota (Founder of Tully's Coffee Japan Co., Ltd., Former member of the House of Councilors) as adviser.
Since January 2019, KAMEDA Toshihiro, founder and representative director of our company, has inaugurated as representative director and chairman, and TSUNEMACHI Satoru has inaugurated as president and CEO, in order to promote a new management system.
We created advisory board with the aim of accelerating the speed of business by collaborating with experts from various fields so that investors and others can trust in our value.
WARPSPACE will continue to achieving our mission of Lead the frontier era of space with our CubeSat technology.
2. Biography of Advisers
OZAWA Shuji (Expert in space development industry)
OZAWA Shuji, a former JAXA vice president, engaged in development of satellite tracking control system and space station operation system since 1971 at NASDA. From 2000, he oversaw the space station project as head of the space environment utilization promotion department. With the establishment of JAXA on October 2003, he took office as the first General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division, then served as an executive officer and a director, mainly in charge of business planning, international cooperation, and industry collaboration.
After retiring from JAXA in 2014, he established space utilization consultant office "Office K" and inaugurated as representative. From 2017, he also serves as the president of GPAS (Global Positioning Augmentation Service), which aims to provide high-precision positioning information services.
TANIMOTO Yukari (Expert in public relation)
TANIMOTO Yukari, the Forbes Japan deputy editor in chief, has earned an MBA in the United States in 2004 after serving as a financial and economic anchor at securities firm and Bloomingburg TV. After that, she became Nikkei CNBC Caster, the company's first female commentator, and became a free journalist since 2011. She has conducted interviews with over 3,000 world leaders such as Tony Blair, Howard Schulz, and Steve Wozniak.
MATSUDA Kota (Expert in government and )
MATSUDA Kota is the Founder of Tully's Coffee Japan Co., Ltd. In 2007, he was selected as one of the “Young Global Leaders” at the World Economic Forum (Davos Conference). In 2009, he acquired Eggs 'n Things worldwide expansion rights (excluding the US) and established EGGS 'N THINGS INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS PTE. LTD in Singapore. In Japan, he opened the first store in Harajuku in 2010, which sparked the pancake boom. Meanwhile, he was elected for the first time in the House of Councilors election. Since the expiration of the term of parliament in 2016, he has been active in the overseas development of the restaurant business and the natural energy business.
3. About the Event to be held
The Purpose of the Event
In 2025, when the economic activities such as space travel, space drone, space transportation, space resource mining are taken for granted, the range of human activities in outer space will expand dramatically. The space industry is already estimated to be 38 trillion yen (as of 2017) and more than 70 trillion yen by 2030.* The market of 70 trillion yen is equivalent to the smartphone market in 2017.
Did you know that Japan is 10 years behind the European and American space industries?
* Reference: “The reason why Japan's space industry is 10 years late, space business ≒ not a rocket” (Japanese article)
WARPSPACE will challenge this big space industry like Japan to become the infrastructure of outer space in 2025.
This time, we will talk about "what kind of market is the space industry in 2030, and how will it relate to our lives?" We will invite TANIMOTO Yukari, the Forbes Japan deputy editor in chief as moderator, and Mr. Kido, the representative of Sorabatake, and Tsunemachi, CEO of WARPSPACE will talk about these topics in a discussion format.
"How are you going to involve in the space business with a market size of 70 trillion yen?"
Date: March 19, 2018 (Tue) 19: 00-21: 30 (Open 18:30)
Venue: Higashi 1-2-20 Shibuya-ku (mixi, Inc.)
Organizer: WARPSPACE Inc.
About WARPSPACE Inc.
WARPSPACE, a space startup from University of Tsukuba in August 2016, has been promoting a satellite development project at University of Tsukuba. So far, the project has been adopted by JAXA, and has been experienced two satellite launches.
In addition to high expertise in space and satellites, WARPSPACE is promoting space business development with our strengths in partnership with JAXA and other research institutions, and the abundant experimental testing facilities of Tsukuba Science City. In June 2019, WARPSPACE was selected as a main floor exhibitor by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry at the G20 Trade Digital Ministers' Meeting, recommended by Ibaraki Prefecture.
Also WARPSPACE will promote a low-cost communication module for satellites and small ground stations which have been successfully developed in the process of launching the satellite, and expand the Japanese space satellite infrastructure business.
Official Website: https://warpspace.jp/
Board Chairman Toshihiro KAMEDA, Ph.D.
BA and MA in Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University. Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba.
Launched the Satellite Project “YUI” from the scratch in 2011 at the University of Tsukuba, and executed the satellite ITF-2 project. Through the development of ITF-2, the low-cost transceiver design idea was born, which led to the founding of WARPSPACE Inc. in 2016.
CEO Satoru Tsunemachi LL.M.
He was inaugurated as CEO in January,2019. He is the first one to start a business while being at Tsukuba University (20 years). He is involved in founding four companies until now (1 company at Vietnam). As a founding member/executive of IT startup companies, he is mainly in charge of business strategy, branding, legal affairs, finance, and so on. Currently, he is also working as a multi-entrepreneur, and he fosters the next generation start-up as a director of the incubation group organized by the managers of Tsukuba University.
CTO Akihiro NAGATA
BA in Engineering, the University of Tsukuba. Interested in space since childhood, he chose University of Tsukuba where even a freshman can join the satellite project. Akihiro led the university team toward the full-scale mission success of ITF-2 during his bachelor year. Specialized both in software and hardware, Akihiro leads the next generation CubeSat development with his past expertise from design, development to operation. CTO of WARPSPACE Inc since 2016.
Established: August 3, 2016
Address: 305-0031, 2-5-1-203 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki
・ Communication Infrastructure Business for Low Orbit Satellites
・ Module Development Business for Small Satellites
・ Business Related Transferring Satellite Technology
Contact for inquiries regarding this matter, interview application, etc.
Shioda, Public Relations Manager, WARPSPACE Inc.