CogniSat-6 AI centric CubeSat to boost image optimisation

CogniSat-6 AI-centric CubeSat to boost image optimization

As part of the agreement, CogniSat-6 will carry the flight proven (TRL-9) CogniSat edge computing platform to LEO (low earth orbit). It will provide reactive retargeting to optimize image gathering on specific areas of interest, identified in-orbit, without requiring any intervention from ground stations.

What this should allow is faster response times for satellite tip and cue operations resulting in higher value data gathering which significantly accelerates the mission return on investment, say the companies.

Additionally, the mission will be used to execute a selection of CogniSat applications to enhance the value of imagery available. The companies say this results in a six-fold increase in the usable data received by the ground station when compared with the transmission of uncompressed images and a two-fold increase when compared with the use of standard compression approaches.

“CogniSat-6 builds on the solid foundation of flight proven Ubotica technology to deliver the first AI centric CubeSat mission with autonomous capabilities. CogniSat-6 also uses CogniSat on-board edge computing to realize considerable system savings,” said the Co-Founder and CEO of the Dublin-based Ubotica Technologies, Fintan Buckley.

“For example, applications running on CogniSat-6 will increase the system value by expanding system data throughput and cutting downlink costs. Satellite System Designers are already telling us that it is a compelling proposition.”

The mission will be joining the OpenConstellation project: a global, shared satellite infrastructure built and managed by Open Cosmos to enable anyone to access satellite data to address challenges around the climate crisis, energy and natural resources.

Rafel Jorda Siquier, the founder and CEO of the Harwell-based Open Cosmos, commented:

“We are delighted to announce Ubotica as the first edge computing and AI partner for the OpenConstellation. The OpenConstellation is attracting both private and public partners willing to share infrastructure with the aim to make data and information available to everyone. CogniSat-6 addresses real needs we see from customers and will enable OpenConstellation users to implement comprehensive AI-enabled system developments.”

Ubotica says it now hiring for specific roles to support the planned growth.

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