(Sydney, NSW - 12th of July, 2022) Spiral Blue has announced the successful integration of its Space Edge One computer (“SE-1”) with the Satellogic satellite. It is expected to launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket later this year. Spiral Blue is intending to host a livestream for this launch.
Developed through Satellogic’s Hosted Payload Program last year, this joint mission is expected to complete Spiral Blue’s flight testing program for its Space Edge Computing technology. The SE-1 computer will interface with the satellite’s high resolution imaging system once initial commissioning is complete. This will enable Spiral Blue to begin testing key onboard image processing applications, such as cloud detection, ship detection, cropping, and compression.
The goal is to integrate these capabilities with Spiral Blue’s Space Edge Services platform enabling customers to task images and carry out onboard processing workloads.
“This mission is not only a key technology demonstrator for us, but also incredibly important to prove our business case,” said Spiral Blue CEO Taofiq Huq. “Over the last 3 years, we’ve seen tremendous customer demand for high resolution imagery and derived products from Space Edge Computers. If all goes well with this mission, we’ll be able to deliver.”
“Our Hosted Payload Program is designed to help government and commercial organisations in the Space Tech ecosystem by providing a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to test new technology in orbit,” says Thomas VanMatre, Vice President of Global Business Development at Satellogic. “We are excited about this Spiral Blue mission for edge computing that will no doubt advance Earth Observation analysis and applications.”
This mission will see the fourth Space Edge Computer launched. To date, Spiral Blue has launched three Space Edge Zero prototypes, with some initial results received. This mission will be the first to carry a fully functional SE-1 computer, with far greater onboard processing power, storage, thermal control, faster interfacing, and other improvements.
Spiral Blue was recently a recipient of the Australian Space Agency’s Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grant, a grant which supports the Australian space industry to build capacity to deliver products and services into domestic and/or international space industry supply chains that could support Moon to Mars activities. This grant is supporting the development of Spiral Blue’s Space Edge Services platform.
The company is also working with other space hardware manufacturers through an Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Commercialisation Grant. This grant is supporting Spiral Blue’s Rainbow Python mission, an integrated hyperspectral imaging and edge computing platform.
Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic (NASDAQ: SATL) is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is creating and continuously enhancing the first scalable, fully automated Earth Observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers.
Satellogic’s mission is to democratise access to geospatial data through its information platform of high-resolution images and analytics to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of EO to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry.
With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point.
To learn more, please visit: satellogic.com
About Spiral Blue
Spiral Blue is a Sydney-based SME focused on building the next generation of Earth observation services with artificial intelligence and Space Edge Computing. Spiral Blue technology has applications in defence, city planning, utilities, and other industries. Founded in 2018, the company has recently launched its first Space Edge Zero prototypes to orbit, and is now continuing to gather further in orbit performance data. Spiral Blue is a member of the Wolfpack Space Hub.
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Spiral Blue was recently awarded the Minimum Viable Product Grant (MVP Grant) from the New South Wales state government. This was the result of a competitive application process. This grant will see Spiral Blue's first space edge computing product Space Edge Zero move from the proof of concept stage to the prototype stage.
Spiral Blue is one of the winners of the maiden Gravity Challenge. We were selected as one of the winners of the SA Power Networks Challenge, and awarded the Meteor Award for Most Innovative Use of Space Capability.
Spiral Blue has completed testing of components of Space Edge Zero in preparation for building a fully integrated prototype. This prototype is to be launched and tested in space in 2021. Discussions are currently underway with launch providers to make this happen.