SKY Perfect JSAT hunting for more early-stage space opportunities

TAMPA, Fla. — Japan’s flagship satellite operator intends to invest around $66 million in space-related startups and venture funds at home and abroad over the next six years.
SKY Perfect JSAT said March 28 that the investment plan is part of a broader commitment announced in 2022 to invest 150 billion yen ($991 million) by the end of the decade in new technologies and expanding its presence in the space industry.
The operator has provided regional broadband and TV services for much of its more than 30-year history and currently has 17 satellites in its geostationary fleet.
In 2019, the company began expanding into space-based intelligence services, leading it to invest in iQPS, a Japanese venture developing a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) constellation.
Earlier this year, SKY Perfect JSAT announced the creation of a startup that would use in-orbit lasers to remove space junk.
SKY Perfect JSAT also recently invested in Tenchijin, a five-year-old Ear

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