Nobu Okada, the founder & CEO of Astroscale has been elected as a Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Harwell Campus is the home of Astroscale’s UK office and Operations Centre.
Over 400 IAF member organisations from 71 countries, including all leading space agencies, companies and institutions were represented at the IAF General Assembly Plenary Meeting held on October 15, where Okada was elected alongside other Vice Presidents from a number of spacefaring countries including the United States, Germany and China.
In his newly appointed position, Okada intends to contribute to the IAF as a representative of Japan and the Asian region, an advocate for orbital sustainability and a voice for the emerging new space sector. His term begins in October 2020 and will run for a three-year period.
Commenting on the appointment, Okada said, “I am truly honored to be named one of the IAF’s Vice Presidents — this is an acknowledgement of the changing nature of the global space community as industry begins to play a bigger role. I am particularly humbled because seven years ago I was an outsider to the space sector, and now, with this appointment, I feel I can offer a new perspective to the community based on my experience. I would like to thank everyone who supported me during the election process.”
Located inside the Harwell Space Cluster since May 2017, Astroscale’s UK base is home to more than 20 people that work on projects such as the development of their pioneering ELSA-d mission (a technology demonstrator for end-of-life service), in addition to their work with ESA and OneWeb to develop technologies for future generation telecommunication satellite missions and advance Active Debris Removal capabilities.