SPACE WALKER and Realize Corporation conclude a Capital and Business Alliance Agreement

[TOKYO, JAPAN, Dec 06, 2022] A new capital and business alliance will enable development of a fresh business model and other upgrowth in  support of Rocket Fund™ and other future space transportation services.

On November 30th 2022, SPACE WALKER Inc. (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Co-Founder CEO: Akihide Manabe; hereinafter referred as “SPACE WALKER”) and Realize Corporation (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Yosuke Imafuku; hereinafter referred as “Realize Corporation”) , a company operating unique and innovative financial services including the Truck Fund™, concluded a new capital and business alliance (hereinafter referred as the “Alliance”) to develop a fresh business model and foster other upgrowth to support future space transportation initiatives, such as the Rocket Fund™.

SPACE WALKER is a university startup conducting research and development of winged reusable suborbital and orbital spaceplanes as well as the development and sales of composite tanks, utilizing space technology for both space and terrestrial industries. SPACE WALKER envisions sustainable commercial space transportation for all, as familiar as commercial air travel today. 


■Purpose of the Alliance

Through this Alliance, SPACE WALKER, which is developing reusable and clean-fuelled spaceplanes and recently launched ECO ROCKET project (*1), together with Realize Corporation, which provides innovative financial services to the transport and logistics industry, will build a new business model, the Rocket Fund. The new business model capitalizes on the strengths of spaceplanes, a mobility connecting space and earth, among other initiatives which show potential to contribute to the business development of both parties.


■Next Steps

One of the first steps to materialize the ECO ROCKET project is to research and survey topics on technical issues and legislation with a view to launch the Rocket Fund, using reusable rockets as assets. The development of the Rocket Fund will be based on concepts originating from the Truck Fund (*2) conceived and operated by Realize Corporation. Other initiatives that show potential to contribute to the business development of both companies will also be studied.


■Comments from Yosuke Imafuku, President & CEO of Realize Corporation

If the ECO ROCKET® project is enabled with its concept, the development of reusable rockets and utilization of clean fuel, we believe that a new financial product, the Rocket Fund™, which is capable of responding to environmental issues and the investment needs of investors, can be formed by utilizing the business framework of the Truck Fund® of Realize Corporation. 

This new Alliance presents an opportunity to create a new business model with newly added value, through the synergy of combining Realize Corporation’s Truck Fund® and Realize Group’s business acumen (business succession, M&A, real estate investment, financial product development, fund raising, management support, etc.). Realize Corporation will henceforth create a new business model that does not exist elsewhere, to further contribute to the development of the economy in Japan.



■Comments from Akihide Manabe, Co-Founder CEO of SPACE WALKER

We are grateful to have such encouraging partners to help us realize a new business model, the Rocket Fund™, which utilizes the strengths of spaceplanes as a mobility system to connect space and earth, as an embodiment of the ECO ROCKET project. We are committed to ensuring that this initiative leads to sustainable space development and builds a better society for future generations. We hope that many of you will continue to support us as we work together towards a sustainable space future.



*1 ECO ROCKET®︎ Project

The ECO ROCKET® is defined as a rocket that fulfills two requirements; “reusable” and “clean fuel”. This project aims to develop a wide range of businesses that contribute to the definition of ECO ROCKET®.

SPACE WALKER is currently running a crowdfunding campaign as a kickstart event for the ECO ROCKET project. We welcome all fans and supporters to join us in our endeavor on the crowdfunding platform CAMPFIRE from October 7th thru December 12th, 2022.


*2 Truck Fund®️

A new and unique initiative conceived and operated by Realize Corporation,Truck Fund™ is a highly philanthropic fund that dynamizes the transport and logistics industry by providing business management support to transport companies. It brings benefits to three parties: transport companies (a shift in business from ‘buying’ to ‘renting’ as a new vehicle procurement method, improved financial position, improved working conditions for drivers and mechanics), investors (stable investment with good investment returns) and financial institutions (provision of new financial products that can meet customer needs). It is attracting attention from a wide range of industries as a highly public financial product that can lead to the development of the transport industry.


■Company Profile: Realize Corporation Inc.

Company : Realize Corporation Inc.

Head Office : Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 34th Floor, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6134

President & CEO : Yosuke Imafuku

Business Areas : Conception, sales and operation of Truck FundⓇ investments in heavy-duty trucks and trailers, vehicle leasing, management consulting, business restructuring and other related business activities.

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Company Profile: SPACE WALKER, INC.


Head Office : Daichi Yokoyama Building 3rd Floor, 3-16-12 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 

Co-Founder CEO : Akihide Manabe

Business Areas : Design and development of winged reusable rockets (spaceplanes).

Design, manufacturing and sales of related components and peripheral parts.

Planning and proposal of space related events and other related businesses.

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■ Contact

SPACE WALKER / Corporate Planning Office PR

Phone (Office) : +81-3-6435-7359