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$30m deal for hyperspectral satellite AI imaging

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By Nick Flaherty


ABB of Switzerland is to  supply multispectral imaging systems to Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics in its largest order in the private space sector to date.

Ten satellites equipped with ABB’s technology will be launched starting in 2023 with machine learning AI analytics for high-quality imagery in 22 spectral bands with resolution down to 5m. The $30m deal will see ABB collaborate with Xiphos Systems on the high-performance processing electronics, as well as with Loft Orbital, the space infrastructure service provider for EarthDaily Constellation.

“We are proud to collaborate with ABB on the development of the ground-breaking EarthDaily Constellation, which will provide unprecedented daily global coverage of the Earth at ultra-high, scientific-grade image quality,” said Don Osborne, CEO of EarthDaily Analytics. “Current Earth observation satellite systems provide either high image quality with low coverage or low image quality with high coverage. The EarthDaily Constellation brings high image quality and rich spectral band diversity together with daily global coverage – something that has never been available before. ABB’s long track record of success at the forefront of space sensors and Earth observation provides us with not only best-in-class technology, but also the confidence that comes from working closely with a leading technology company.”

EDA’s artificial intelligence-based analytics system will process the data gathered from these images based on any recorded changes and generate actionable insights that will include information on the state of Earth’s ecosystems, as well as on the impact and progress of the changing climate.

In addition to providing insights into climate change, these measurements could help monitor of crop health and predict of forest fire trajectories.

“ABB is proud to be part of the EarthDaily Constellation project set to transform the understanding of natural and human-caused change on earth. Our state-of-the-art multispectral imaging technology is the result of our rich expertise in industrial analyzer solutions and over two decades of experience in space programs. ABB being awarded this contract is testimony to the competitivity of our offering in the rapidly evolving private space sector. We are confident that this project will be key to empowering industries across diverse domains to make the best possible decisions for their businesses and reach their sustainability goals,” said Jacques Mulbert, President of the Measurement & Analytics Division at ABB.

The space group within ABB’s Measurement & Analytics Division specializes in advancing measurement capabilities from space, from enabling daily weather forecasts to precisely monitoring the rise of greenhouse gases or spotting strong emitters.

www.abb.com

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