Exo-Space, a Los Angeles-based firm that launched in 2020 with the goal of providing low-cost, easy-to-assemble CubeSats, has shifted its focus in response to rising demand for on-orbit data processing.
FeatherEdge is an image-analysis device developed by Exo-Space that fits into a balloon or satellite payload to allow onboard image processing. Machine vision methods will be used by FeatherEdge to detect things in its range of view. Exo-Space Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Allam informed SpaceNews that the company’s goal is to get the information to clients in 30 minutes or less.
Allam explained, “We’re concentrating on the business market for space data.” “The majority of the consumers we’ve spoken with have stated, ‘I don’t want the data; I simply want actionable information.’” Exo-Space will track a specified area of interest for a monthly membership and provide consumers with regular updates on occurrences or items of interest. Exo-Space is being hired by a nonprofit in Southeast Asia to locate illegal fishing vessels, offer GPS coordinates for their location, and record the time photographs are taken.
“We’re hunting for a particular object in a specific place in every orbit,” Allam explained. “We have the ability to load several customer models onto a single device.” Exo-Space had secured $118,000 of its $1 million seed round objective on Spaced Ventures, an equity crowdfunding platform founded in 2020, as of September 22.
Cosmic Shielding Corp., an Atlanta startup that combines composite materials with radiation projections to protect spacecraft, and Infinite Composites Inc., which is a Tulsa, Oklahoma firm that offers linerless composite pressure containers, are both now soliciting money on Spaced Ventures with Exo-Space.
Exo-first Space’s FeatherEdge, which is half the size of a cubesat, is set to go into orbit in 2022 June on the rideshare flight planned by Chicago-centered Orbital Transports, which is a space logistics as well as orbital infrastructure firm.
For FeatherEdge, Exo-Space created its machine vision models. On the other hand, Exo-Space may “partner with the other machine-vision oriented AI businesses who can deploy their machine-vision models on the satellite in the future,” according to Allam. “It would be a toolset that could be added on.”
Their objective is to provide cutting-edge software and technology that can resist the harsh environment of space, leveraging our experience in machine vision, artificial intelligence, and satellite architecture. These edge devices will offer data processing capabilities for space applications and enable previously unimaginable services. Their goal is to lead the charge in developing a space-based data processing infrastructure. Exo-Space is dedicated to lowering the entrance barriers for enterprises and enthusiasts interested in satellite technology. The industry is exceedingly tough to navigate, which creates a barrier for new consumers. We set out to develop on-orbit computation commands of magnitude faster than anything now available on the market.