SkyWatch Space Applications, the Canadian startup that offers software developers a way to embed geospatial data and imagery into applications, announced a partnership Oct. 5 with Picterra, a Swiss firm with a self-service platform to help customers extract information autonomously from geospatial data.
A $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research award was matched by $1.5 million from ATX Venture Partners and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund.
The guidelines do not recommend curtailing the use of AI but call on DoD personnel and contractors to “exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care."
At the Space Tech Expo, space agency leaders said artificial intelligence will play key roles in many space programs of the future.
As the world becomes more connected, many don’t see a need for satellite, yet we must remind ourselves that the global communications network cannot survive without satellite communication. How can satellite services survive? Could artificial intelligence (AI) be the answer?
Senior VP Chris Bogdan: “We don’t build satellites, rockets or rovers. We are investing in open architectures."
To prepare for self-driving cars, mobility companies have spent more than a decade gathering data from thousands of vehicles equipped with a variety of technology. No comparable database exists for companies or government agencies aiming to give spacecraft more autonomy.
Olis Robotics is working to demonstrate the application of its autonomy software for NASA, the Air Force and others space customers to support internal and external space servicing, assembly, manufacturing and operational concepts,” said Blaine Levedahl, Olis Robotics’ U.S. government programs director.
Machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques could help forecasters get more out of these data by improving accuracy and speed in almost every step of turning satellite observations into actionable forecasts.
Emerging digital technologies and innovative operating models will expand the role of space in multiple economic sectors, according to, “Tech Trends 2019: Space industry perspective,” a report released April 15 by Deloitte.
The Canadian government will also try to cut the regulatory red tape the space industry has complained has hindered projects from moving forward.
The European Space Agency plans to launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with an artificially intelligent processor that would enable the spacecraft to make decisions regarding what to image and which data to send to the ground.
Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace: “We see a big need for SSA solutions, not just in the military but also in academia and in satellite owners and operators."
The application of AI in electronic warfare could help the U.S. military thwart attempts by enemies to interfere with military GPS or communications satellite signals.