Orbital Sidekick (OSK successfully launched GHOSt 3, the third satellite in its planned GHOSt(™) (Global Hyperspectral Observation Satellite) constellation aboard the Transporter 8 rideshare mission. This launch marks the halfway point for deployment of the company’s planned six-satellite constellation. OSK is on track to deploy two more satellites this year aboard the Transporter 9 rideshare mission and by early next year, it will consist of six equivalent, fully operational microsatellites, each featuring a proprietary hyperspectral imager unique to OSK. With three GHOSt satellites in orbit, OSK’s capabilities for delivering enhanced monitoring and intelligence services for its customers are further enhanced. www.orbitalsidekick.com
Quanergy Solutions announced a partnership with Convergint. Together, the two companies will deliver enhanced perimeter intrusion detection capabilities for the utilities industry.
Convergint is collaborating with Quanergy to design, engineer, and implement various security solutions to provide early detection with hyper accuracy and faster response times. Convergint’s offerings enable the convergence of physical security, IT, IoT, and an ecosystem of API software to create operational efficiencies through automation.
Convergint will harness the potential of LiDAR technology in its solutions by integrating Quanergy’s offerings. quanergy.com
Agrograph and Planet Labs PBC partnership
Agrograph’s new partnership with Planet Labs PBC to integrate Planet high-resolution global satellite data with Agrograph’s expert geospatial data technology to comprehensively support clients’ need for data-driven business and farm-risk management decisioning tools. The partnership aims to benefit finance, insurance and agribusiness service providers, government entities, and other organizations seeking to measure financial and environmental risk, identify business opportunities, and inform cropland agriculture capital investment strategy across the globe. www.planet.com
Planet Labs announced its partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency, to build a regional satellite data-driven loss and damage atlas for climate change resilience. The initiative aims to provide data to a select country facing high degrees of climate risk to help build resilience, make informed policy decisions, and stimulate financial programs for climate adaptation and mitigation. www.planet.com
BIRD Aerosystems unveils maritime pollution detection solution
BIRD Aerosystems launched its new ASIO solution, the ASIO Environmental Monitoring System.
In response to the critical challenge of maritime pollution detection and the imperative to prevent costly and ecologically devastating oil spills, it introduces this new innovative solution, based on the company’s renowned ASIO task force. The ASIO Environmental Monitoring System Integrates Electro-Optical Payload and Multi-Mode Radars with a new advanced sensor named SEA EYE.
The SEA EYE enables real-time spectral detection and classification of surface and even submerged oil and organics. Installed on the ASIO airborne platform, it offers real-time oil pattern recognition and classification, accurately predicting the oil’s spread. Its prediction tool also empowers users to anticipate the oil’s spread, enabling swift and efficient responses to minimize their impact on the environment and the economy and mitigate potentially catastrophic consequences. www.birdaero.com
EUSI and Airbus partnership
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has awarded European Space Imaging (EUSI) and Airbus a 24-month contract for the delivery of Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery.
EMSA relies on optical satellite images as part of its maritime surveillance services to the European Commission and Member States to support a number of functions in the maritime domain such as safety, security, environmental monitoring, and law enforcement. The current framework awarded to EUSI and Airbus will have the possibility to be renewed for two additional periods of 12 months each.
Airbus will be supplying imagery collected by SPOT, Pléiades and Pléiades Neo satellites, whilst EUSI will be supplying imagery from the current Maxar satellite constellation, the new Maxar WorldView Legion satellites once on orbit, as well as other value-added services. Leveraging the satellites’ respective ground stations, the data will be delivered in near real- time to EMSA, enabling fast response times and critical insights to decision- makers. www.intelligence-airbusds.com
Australian space startup HEX20 is collaborating with international partners to launch the COSPAR satellite. The joint effort is coordinated by the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), an international scientific body, with the participation of space research institutions LASP (USA), NCU CAPE (Taiwan), LATMOS (France), and SKYROOT Aerospace (India). The project will study the Earth’s atmosphere, including atmospheric dynamics and chemistry, and the effects of space weather. It will provide valuable data for weather forecasting, climate modeling and scientific exploration. www.globalaustralia.gov.au
Pix4D has introduced OPF, a new standard for exchanging photogrammetry projects. OPF is a fully open and free specification, enabling the storage and exchange of photogrammetric data among different parties and software products, even if they are developed by different companies. At its core, it is a flexible and extensible format that stores all the data related to a reconstructed 3D model created through photogrammetry. This includes information on both the inputs and outputs of the photogrammetry process.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the second-generation Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), about 130 km from Chennai on 29th May.
The powerful GSLV rocket which had three stages, stood tall at a height of 51.7 meters and weighed a staggering 420 tons. At 10.42 a.m., it took off into the sky, successfully escaping the strong pull of Earth’s gravity. The positioning of NavIC signals are intended to be better than 20 meters and timing accuracy is intended to be 50 nanoseconds. The primary mission of the 51.7 -meter-tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle is to deploy the navigation satellite NVS-01 weighing 2,232 kg.
The NVS-01 carries navigation payloads L1, L5 and S groups and in correlation with the past one, the second-generation satellite would likewise convey an indigenously created rubidium atomic clock. The satellite with a mission life of 12 years is powered by two solar arrays and lithium-ion batteries capable of generating up to 2.4 kW of power during eclipse. The NVS series of satellites will maintain and enhance NAVIC with advanced features. www.isro.gov.in