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Astroscale CEO Nobu Okada launched his company after a midlife crisis made him question what he wanted to do. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
Startups in Asia

Galactic garbage collector aims to clean up in space

Astroscale sets sights on growing cloud of orbital junk

PETER GUEST, Contributing writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- Nobu Okada openly admits that Astroscale, the Singapore-based space debris removal company he founded in 2013, was born out of a mid-life crisis.

"I was 39 years-old, I was wondering, what's life going to be when I'm 40?" the Japanese entrepreneur says. After 15 years in IT, and ready to move on from the software business he had founded in 2009, Okada decided to rekindle his teenage passion for space. But while he imagined a life filled with scientists talking about rocket systems or micro satellites, today he finds himself preoccupied with galactic garbage.

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