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University of Tokyo spin-off space startup to exhibit at SmallSat Conference, Aug 6-11 in US

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Pale Blue
August 6, 2022
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University of Tokyo spin-off space startup to exhibit at SmallSat Conference, Aug 6-11 in US
Pale Blue
Pale Blue
  • Pale Blue Inc. (“Pale Blue”) will exhibit at the Small Satellite Conference 2022 (August 6 – 11 at Utah State University)
  • Dr. Asakawa (CEO) will speak at the technical presentation, held on Wednesday, August 10th
  • Pale Blue (booth number 49) will showcase water-based hybrid thruster for small satellites planned for the world-first space demonstration

About the exhibit contents

Pale Blue will showcase a 100kg-satellite mockup equipped with the water resistojet for the first time. Furthermore, this exhibit will feature the world’s first Multiple Water Propulsion Systems, which is scheduled to be demonstrated in space for the first time by JAXA’s Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-3 by March 2023, and the Water Resistojet for small satellites that features high thrust.

About the technical session, SmallSat Session X: Propulsion

The CEO Asakawa will present on the topic of “Pre-Flight Testing Results of Multiple Water Propulsion Systems,” which is scheduled to be the world’s first space demonstration for a water-based hybrid thruster (resistojet and ion thruster).

Comment on the Small Satellite Conference 2022: We are finally able to participate on-site, although the Small Satellite Conference has been held online since its establishment in April 2020 due to the impact of COVID- 19. We will further accelerate our global market development by having both corporate exhibits and technology presentations at the world’s largest Small Satellite Conference.

About the conference

Launched in 1987, Small Satellite Conference is one of the world’s largest conferences dedicated to small satellites hosted by Utah State University.

  • Official website:
  • Place: Utah State University (650 N 800 E, Logan Utah 84322, United States)
  • Date: 6 days from August 6th (Sat.) through August 11th (Thurs.)
  • Exhibiting Hours: August 8 (Mon.), 11:00-17:00
    August 9 (Tue.) – August 10 (Wed.) 9:00-17:00
    August 11 (Thurs.) 9:00-12:00
  • Pale Blue Booth: TSC Main Hall, booth number 49
  • Pale Blue Technical Presentation: August 10 (Wed.) 17:45- at TSC Ballroom in TSC Main Hall
  • Registration Fee: $300-

About Pale Blue

Pale Blue is a space startup from the University of Tokyo founded in 2020. The company is dedicated
to thrusters innovation for small satellites that use water as a propellant. Through its water-based propulsion technology, Pale Blue aims to develop a space ecosystem where in-space mobility is not only affordable but completely safe to both humans and the surrounding environment.

Company Name: Pale Blue Inc.
Address: Room No. 610, Tokatsu Techno Plaza, 5-4-6 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
CEO & Co-Founder: Jun Asakawa
Business: Development & services of thrusters for nano-satellites
Corporate website:

Emily Okuhara, Marketing & Communications of Pale Blue Email:

SpaceRef co-founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.