Indian aerospace startup Pixxel has launched its first fully-fledged satellite tv for pc that includes one of many highest decision hyperspectral business cameras. Named Shakuntala or Pixxel TD-2, the satellite tv for pc was launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9’s Transporter-4 mission from Cape Canaveral.
Pixxel TD-2 Shakuntala Satellite tv for pc Launched in SpaceX’s Falcon 9
Pixxel’s Shakuntala/ TD-2 satellite tv for pc weighs lower than 15 kgs. In keeping with Pixxel, TD-2 is able to capturing orbital photos in additional than 150 bands of colour from the seen and infrared spectrum with a decision of 10-meters per pixel. Notably, this exceeds the 30-meter per pixel decision of hyperspectral satellites launched by NASA, ESA, and ISRO.
Over the approaching weeks, TD-2 will give attention to pure fuel leakages, deforestation, melting ice caps, air pollution, and declining crop well being on our inexperienced planet. “Think about with the ability to predict a famine earlier than a crop infestation takes over or cease an oil spill earlier than it endangers delicate oceanic biospheres,” says the corporate in a weblog publish.
Pixxel not too long ago raised $25 million in Collection A funding from Radical Ventures, Seraphim House Capital, Relativity House co-founder Jordan Noone, Lightspeed Companions, Blume Ventures, and Sparta LLC amongst others. That is along with over 50 clients who’ve signed pre-launch agreements from industries throughout agriculture, oil and fuel, mining, and local weather sectors.
In an interview with Mint, Pixxel’s CEO Awais Ahmed says the aerospace firm is now engaged on the second launch of its expertise demonstrator satellite tv for pc. Dubbed Anand, it is going to be aboard an upcoming mission with the ISRO’s Earth Statement Satellite tv for pc (EOS-6) as a part of the Indian Oceansat program.
Trying forward, Pixxel plans to launch its first business section satellites in early 2023 and begin the business sale of its information. Thanks to 6 satellites flown in a sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) round a 550 km altitude, Pixxel’s hyperspectral constellation will cowl any level on the globe each 48 hours.