GITAI will be an equal partner with the world’s leading space launch companies, providing safe and affordable labor to build space colonies and cities on the Moon and Mars.

They provide the transportation, we provide the work. They lower the cost of transportation, we lower the cost of work.


Company NameGITAI USA Inc.
FoundedJuly, 2016
RepresentativeSho Nakanose


GITAI was founded with a vision of disrupting the space industry, answering the increasing demand for construction and maintenance activities in space by developing more capable and less expensive robotic systems. As we have taken firm steps up the TRL ladder, from concept stage to breadboard, to prototypes and flight models on the ISS, we have attracted increasing levels of venture capital investments.

July 2016

GITAI founded

September 2016

First venture capital investment from Skyland Ventures

November 2017

Funds raised from ANRI and 500 startups in Japan

June 2019

Funds raised US$4.1M from Spiral Ventures, DBJ Capital, J-Power, and 500 Startups, Japan

January 2020

GITAI secures an order from JAXA

March 2021

Funds raised US$17.1M from SPARX, Daiwa Corporate Investment, The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, and EPSON X Investment / Global Brain

June 2021

GITAI ties a joint research contract with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) for joint R&D of a robotic arm for the “LUNAR CRUISER”

July 2021

GITAI wins a procurement contract from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), government of Japan

October 2021

GITAI completes a successful technology demonstration inside the ISS

April 2022

GITAI conducts a successful demonstration of ISAM Activities in a simulated space environment

October 2022

GITAI secures the first purchase order from major US local space company

May 2023

GITAI Raises US$30 Million in Funding from a consortium of investors, including JIC Venture Growth Investments Co., Ltd.

July 2023

GITAI Completes Manufacturing Preparation for Lunar Manipulator and Rover Flight Models

August 2023

GITAI Secures an Additional US$15 Million in Funding

October 2023

GITAI Shifts Headquarters from Tokyo, Japan to Torrance, United States

November 2023

GITAI triumphs in Securing DARPA LunA-10 Project with Innovative Lunar Robotics Solution

December 2023

GITAI Receives Prominent National Institute of Standards and Technology Compliance Certification

January 2024

1.5-meter-long autonomous dual robotic arm system (S2) is launched to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

March 2024

1.5-meter-long autonomous dual robotic arm system (S2) completes fully successful technology demonstration outside the ISS

May 2024

GITAI Achieves AS9100 Certification

June 2024

GITAI has been selected for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 program


Sho Nakanose


After leaving IBM, started and sold a business in India. One of the first participants from Japan in Singularity University’s flagship program, GSP. In 2016, started development of the first prototypes of the GITAI robot and founded the company.

Yuto Nakanishi (Ph. D)


Former Founder & CEO of SCHAFT. After retiring as a research associate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab), he founded the bipedal robot startup, SCHAFT.  He later sold the company to Google in 2013.

Toyotaka Kozuki (Ph. D)


PhD at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab). Former mechanical engineer of WHILL.

Ryouhei Ueda(Ph. D)

VP of software

PhD at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab). Former robotics software engineer of SCHAFT.

Tatsuro Koyama


Former Founder & CFO of Pocket Concierge, a startup that recently joined American Express through its cross-border M&A. Has nearly 15 years of investment banking experience including M&A & Capital Markets in global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley.