Satellogic is a Latin American Company that Provides Space Observation Services

Satellogic is an Argentinian company founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman, that revolutionizes space by building nanosatellites that cost 1000 times less than traditional ones. According to La Nación, Kargieman has always been interested in technology. When he was only 19 years old he founded Core Security, a computer security company that developed the first product to do penetration testing, a program that emulates what an attacker would do and then generates a report of how they entered.

Core Security was the first company in the world to automate this process that was not supposed to be automated. Today it is a multinational company based in Boston, which bills millions of dollars annually and holds between 5 and 8% of Argentinian patents in the United States. However, in 2006 Kargieman abandoned it and decided to dedicate himself to the space industry.

The result was Satellogic, which is described in the Crunchbase biography as a “company that wants to democratize access to space technology, available to both people and companies to drastically reduce the barriers to obtain satellite data in real time, creating a new layer of global consciousness: Controlling changes in real time on a planetary scale will transform our relationship with the planet and help us face the most pressing challenges. ”

Aviv Cohen of Satellogic told Asgardia Space News that its investors have helped them move forward in their business, the main investors are Tencent, the Chinese Internet giant, and Pitanga, a Brazilian venture capital firm. Thanks to them, the company currently has more than 100 employees located worldwide in San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Montevideo and Tel Aviv. and last year the company has started commercial activities centred around providing images and analytical solutions.

According to its website, Satellogic uses satellite information to improve daily decision-making, combining high-resolution frequent image flows, video and derivative data products: “we offer unprecedented perspectives for companies with a vision of the future in competitive industries, offering industrial solutions such as pipeline monitoring, critical infrastructure monitoring, market intelligence, responses to environmental disasters, among many more applications. ”

Aviv Cohen of Satellogic explained to Asgardia Space News that the immediate markets of the company are agriculture, oil and gas, and market intelligence. Precision agriculture gains great value from frequent monitoring of different aspects of the crop: performance modelling, disease identification, irrigation and fertilization optimization, etc. Oil and gas, like any other industry that has a heavy infrastructure in remote locations, will also benefit from frequent, high-resolution images that can augment or replace the expensive and infrequent methods used today. Beyond these, there are numerous additional uses, and we expect new applications to emerge as frequent high-resolution planetary data becomes more widely available.

Each Satellite of Satellogic has a hyperspectral sensor, which captures data at a much higher granularity than the red, green and blue that we see. Hyperspectral images include multiple information bands of the electromagnetic range of 450 nm to 850 nm for each pixel. Using this data, specific hyperspectral “signatures” of different materials and processes can be identified with significantly greater precision than with visible-spectrum images.

Hyperspectral data allows advanced agricultural applications, which include:

  • Identification of materials, crops, processes and states with accuracy and precision unattainable with traditional multispectral data (RGB + NIR).
  • Identification of water stress and support of efficient irrigation strategies.
  • Monitoring of plant nutrition and maintenance of solid fertilization strategies.
  • Early detection of diseases and prescription of effective use of herbicides.

Other applications of hyperspectral imaging include climate and environmental models, research and advanced climate prediction, as well as classification of land use for both industry and government planning (such as food security). Mineralogical discovery and forest management are also greatly enhanced by the hyperspectral images of Satellogic.

Beyond providing companies in sectors such as agriculture, mining, construction and environmental cartography with a competitive advantage, Satellogic has taken the bold step of providing free hyperspectral data for open scientific research and humanitarian causes.

According to La Nación, in 2016 Satellogic had already managed to put 5 of its satellites into orbit. Fresh and Sweet potato; Captain Beto (in tribute to Luis Alberto Spinetta) Manolito (for the humorist Quino) and Tita, and promises that there will be many more. The last devices that were launched into space allow for the monitoring of fields, crops, oil industries and infrastructure in real time. For that, they have three cameras of one-meter resolution: a multispectral, a hyperspectral and a thermal one. All the nanosatellites were designed with technology developed in Argentina and without using space devices, only consumer electronics.

Satellogic currently has 8 of its satellites in orbit and plans for 2020 to have 300 satellites. Aviv Cohen of Satellogic told Asgardia Space News that the company works very hard every day to improve its satellite design and launch additional satellites. Thanks to this spirit, the “constellation of dedicated satellites” are working on a new offer. These allow a government or a company to develop their own Earth observation program at low cost, without the capital investment and with minimal technical risk. This program expands access to terrestrial images by offering 10 times the service at one-tenth of the cost.

So far, only a few national governments had access to data like this. But now, Satellogic allows any organization to have exclusive satellite access over a designated area of interest with unlimited data and complete control of the satellite’s task, the data at a much lower technical and risk cost. This is a unique offer.

Cohen added that Satellogic’s vision is to provide data and analysis almost in real time on the planet to both large and small organizations, research institutes, individuals and really anyone. This information will be available for large companies, but also for people with brilliant ideas or new business efforts. High-resolution data based on space need not be accessible only to governments and large organizations. To achieve this vision, the company is primarily interested in partnering with companies that can take advantage of their solutions and data to solve their own challenges or help address the needs of others.

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