Nobu Okada founded ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. in Singapore in 2013 due to a strong desire to address the growing threat of space debris. He used his personal funds as seed money and hired a team in Singapore in 2013 and R&D office in Japan in 2015, and opened branch office in the United Kingdom in 2017 while raising capital to 53M USD. The team calls themselves, “Space Sweepers” and their mission is to secure long-term space flight safety by incubating space debris removal technologies.
Mr. Okada is a Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society and is also a member of The Future of Space Technologies Council, World Economic Forum and International Astronautical Federation. He also served as a member of the Subcommittee on Space Civil Use, and Space Industry at the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan. Nobu Okada has won the third prize of Startup of The Year 2018 by Forbes JAPAN and listed as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum in 2017.
Prior to ASTROSCALE, Mr. Okada was a Japanese IT entrepreneur and strategy consultant, and had managed IT companies in Japan, China, India and Singapore. He led one company to a successful IPO. Before joining the IT industry, he worked for McKinsey & Company and the Japanese Government in the Ministry of Finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo in 1995 and an MBA from the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University in 2001.
When he was a teenager, Mr. Okada attended a camp at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in the United States where he met Japan’s first astronaut, Mr. Mamoru Mohri. He received the handwritten message, “Space is waiting for your challenge.” and he has been inspired to work on space ever since.