Leading space innovators join forces to create the world’s first satellite with both SAR and optical payloads to revolutionize geospatial imagery
Antaris, the space software platform provider, and GalaxEye, an imaging satellite operator, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to create the world’s first satellite equipped with both of SAR and optical sensors on a single satellite. The MoU highlights a unique engagement between three Indian space leaders – GalaxEye, Ananth Technologies and XDLINX Labs – and US satellite software provider Antaris.
The four companies intend to solve a thorny challenge for consumers of remote sensing data. Typically, satellite constellation operators have deployed specialized satellites to capture specific types of data. Each image or data point is captured at a unique time from a single location, making it difficult to correlate data from separate satellites. The new multi-sensor satellite developed under the MOU will capture, for the first time in history, both SAR and optical data from the same satellite, improving the ability to correlate the data and their analytical utility. The resulting datasets will have tremendous value for environmental, insurance and defense applications.
“The Antaris software platform was specifically designed as an end-to-end solution to help dramatically simplify the design, construction and management of satellites,” said Tom Barton, co-founder and CEO of Antaris. “The opportunity to join forces with our friends at Ananth Technologies, GalaxEye and XDLINX to deliver a breakthrough solution for a multi-payload satellite imagery constellation is a great example of what our flexible platform was conceived.
“We are delighted to partner with Ananth, Antaris and XDLINX,” said Suyash Singh, CEO of GalaxEye. “We strongly believe that our combined expertise will result in a successful GalaxEye satellite mission that will provide superior geospatial imagery to our customers. This is a unique start-up collaboration in the space sector in India and will be further enhanced with support from ISRO and IN-SPACe. This MOU will be marked as the first step.
Under the terms of the agreement, Antaris will provide the SaaS technology platform needed to design, simulate, build and manage GalaxEye’s Earth observation satellite and its embedded sensor Drishti. Ananth Technologies will provide AIT (assembly, integration and test) services and manufacturing capabilities. XDLINX Labs, a valued member of Antaris Marketplace, will be responsible for space bus design and supply chain integration services.
“XDLINX is very pleased to partner with Ananth Technologies and Antaris to realize the bus platform to support this unique mission for GalaxEye,” said Rupesh Gandupalli, CEO of XDLINX.
“Ananth is truly excited to enable the vision of GalaxEye through Ananth’s Mission-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering,” said Dr. Subba Rao Pavuluri, CEO of Ananth Technologies. “Our MaaS platform is the result of Ananth’s synergistic collaboration with key partners, Antaris Inc and XDLINX Labs. Beyond the launch, Ananth also sees opportunities to collaborate with GalaxEye to offer advanced geospatial services to existing and new Ananth GIS customers.
The satellite is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Antaris, the space software platform provider, exists to make space easy. We dramatically simplify the design, simulation, manufacture and operation of satellites, providing customers with the flexibility and security needed to ensure mission success. Antaris brings New Space thinking to an Old Space world, solving the most pressing challenges for our industry to improve time to orbit and reduce costs. Learn more at www.antaris.space
GalaxEye is a new spatial entity incubated at IIT Madras, Chennai, India. The space startup is working to deploy a constellation of satellites with a first-of-its-kind sensor based on data fusion to provide the most comprehensive imagery dataset from space. GalaxEye operates on a data-as-a-service model, helping businesses and governments make data-driven decisions based on insights from satellite imagery. Learn more at https://galaxeye.space
Ananth is an internationally certified Master Aerospace Systems Integrator (MSI). It has a deep space legacy of supporting numerous spacecraft and launch vehicle platforms over the past two decades. In addition, Ananth also offers high added value geospatial services for its customers. Ananth has extensive design, manufacturing and AIT facilities across India, and has been a key member of India’s space program. Learn more at www.ananthtech.com
XDLINX offers an end-to-end New Product Innovation (NPI) satellite as a service for all mission requirements – from design, supply chain, build, integration and space qualification to mission operations. Learn more at www.xdlinx.com