- SPACE DATA AS A SERVICE
Images not visible to the naked eye that can enable high-yield farming, aid greater sustainability and help reduce potential environmental risks
Our partners at Wyvern Inc, a Canadian Earth observation company, have committed to subscribing to our data service for four years. This custom package is set to deliver high-resolution hyperspectral data from space over an initial four-year period.
The satellites will deliver high-resolution, multi-band, hyperspectral data, a method for capturing images of Earth across multiple bands, providing much more information than the three main colour bands that the human eye detects. Wyvern will first offer the data to the agriculture sector, where it will help to optimise yields and detect invasive plants, pests and changes in soil make-up.
Smart farming can optimise yields, increase soil quality, and improve water management. Around 38% of the world’s land and 70% of the world’s fresh water withdrawal is used for agriculture. By 2050, feeding a planet of nine billion people will require an estimated 50% increase in agricultural production and a 15% increase in water withdrawals, according to the World Bank. It’s predicted that by 2030, 40% of water demands are unlikely to be met.
Data from small satellites can be used to help predict environmental factors so that farmers and food producers can adjust their activities accordingly. This can range from seasonal planning which helps farmers know what to grow and when to do so more efficiently, to more efficient farm water management through, for example, better irrigation management. This in turn could help to maximise productivity and reduce costs while increasing environmental sustainability.
Under the agreement, AAC Clyde Space will design, manufacture, and own three 6U EPIC satellites equipped with hyperspectral payloads, while Wyvern Inc. commits to subscribe to the data service for four years. After the first four years, the contract can be extended on an annual basis. The first satellite is planned for launch during first half year 2022, followed by two satellites planned for launch during the second half year 2022.
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