Typesatellite data relay
IndustrySatellite communication
FoundedAugust 2016 in Tsukuba, Japan
FounderToshihiro Kameda
Productssatellite communication devices

Warpspace is a private Japanese company developing an inter-satellite communication system based on laser communication.[1] Warpspace is developing a medium Earth orbit satellite, WarpHub InterSat, which will communicate with other satellites in low Earth orbit using optical communication, then pass on the received data to ground stations.[1][2]


Warpspace was founded in 2016 as a spin-off company of Tsukuba University.[3] In 2017, the company tested a mobile ground control station, receiving data from Tsukuba University's ITF-2 CubeSat in low Earth orbit.[4] In July 2018, Warpspace announced a 'space bridal service' in which wedding plaques were to be sent to space, by placing them on a satellite and releasing it from the International Space Station (ISS).[5][6] According to media reports, astronauts staying on the ISS were to take photographs of the satellite during its deployment.[7] The company signed a contact to deploy a satellite from the ISS's Kibo Module in 24 August 2018.[8] In February 2020, Warpspace's first satellite, WARP-01 was unveiled during an event in Tsukuba city.[9] As of September 2020, WARP-01 is planned to be launched in 3 February 2021.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "WarpHub InterSat" (PDF). Warpspace. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  2. ^ "Japanese SpaceTech startup Warpspace raises USD $3 Million". SpaceWatch.Global. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  3. ^ "Lead the frontier era of space with our CubeSat technology". JAXA Business Development and Industrial Relations Department. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  4. ^ "University of Tsukuba's Yui Project gave Warpspace Inc. boost in successful demonstration of portability of the ground control station". Tsukuba University. March 23, 2017. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  5. ^ Ooba, Ai (August 12, 2018). "筑波大ベンチャー 結婚記念プレート 宇宙に届ける事業". The Mainichi Newspapers (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  6. ^ "独自人工衛星で記念プレート放出する宇宙ブライダル事業が発足". 宇宙(そら)へのポータルサイトsorae.jp (in Japanese). July 18, 2017. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  7. ^ Allen, Kerry (July 25, 2018). "Japanese firm to launch wedding plaques into space". BBC. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  8. ^ "Space BD Wins First Contract after being selected as a commercial service provider※ for small satellite deployment from the "Kibo" Module|Space BD" (Press release). Space BD. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  9. ^ "WARP-01 FM機お披露目決定" (in Japanese). January 23, 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  10. ^ "地上実証試験実施のご案内" (in Japanese). September 28, 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-27.

External links

  • Official website