Pale Blue Secures USD 7.5 Million Funding to Set Up Production Facility

Pale Blue Secures USD 7.5 Million Funding to Set Up Production Facility

Pale Blue has secured USD 7.5M (JPY 1 billion) in the first close of the Series B round of funding coupled with recent bank loans. In addition, the company has been selected by NEDO, a national research and development agency in Japan, for its Deep Tech Startups (DTSU) support program – DMP phase (Demonstration development for Mass Production). With this funding and the DTSU program, Pale Blue will set up a new production facility while enhancing propulsion system design for mass production.

As the first close of the Series B round, Pale Blue implemented the issuance of new shares through a third-party allotment to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital and Incubate Fund. Both parties are existing investors from the Seed round. A second close is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2023. The total amount raised together with recent bank loans is approximately USD 7.5M (JPY 1 billion). With the Series B round of financing, the company will further accelerate R&D of propulsion systems for small satellites. In addition, following the successful in-orbit operation of its water-based propulsion system in March 2023, the company will scale up the team and set up a production facility.

Pale Blue has been selected by NEDO for the DMP phase of its FY2023 1st DTSU program and will work on a grant program, “Establishment of Mass Production Technology for Satellite Propulsion System Using Water as Propellant.” The DTSU program promotes investment in deep tech startups to accelerate business growth and social implementation of innovative technologies. Its DMP phase aims for the commercialization of companies with developed products by supporting the establishment of mass production technology as well as the installation of production and inspection equipment. Through this program, we will advance R&D activities for the mass production of water-based propulsion systems for satellites and will install the necessary equipment to achieve it.

"We are very pleased to announce that we have implemented the first close of Series B funding with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital and Incubate Fund, who have continuously supported us through the Seed round and the Series A round, and that we have been selected for NEDO’s DTSU program. With this round of funding, we will conduct R&D to enhance the system design and set up a production base. In addition, through the awarded DTSU program, we will accelerate R&D work to establish mass production technology and will install necessary production equipment. Water-based propulsion systems will contribute to the sustainable development of the space industry. We will continue to develop new technologies and create mobility infrastructures that are core to the space industry", commented Jun Asakawa, CEO and Co-Founder of Pale Blue.

"It is a great honor for us to announce that Pale Blue has been selected for the DMP phase of the NEDO Deep Tech Startup support program. This will help enhance their ability to supply compact propulsion systems that use the ultimate green propellant, water. With the rapid expansion of small satellite mega-constellations, we are confident that their small propulsion system will be the key device for the small satellite market over a course of competition with other propulsion system startups around the world" Commented Hiroaki Hirai, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital.

"I am very honored to lead this round following the Seed round and the Series A round. It is only with the great team that they have managed to make it this far in the past three and a half years after incorporation. Finally, it is time for their full-scale mass production phase, and we will continue this journey together" Commented Yusuke Murata, Incubate Fund.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013