Finnish Earth observation startup, Kuva Space, has announced that it secured 16.6 million euros ($17.6 million) in funding from both existing and new investors. The funding will be used to develop hyperspectral cameras for a microsatellite network in low-Earth orbit (LEO) that will have the ability to analyze the molecular composition of objects on Earth.
Hyperspectral cameras work by capturing images of Earth in hundreds of narrow spectral bands, allowing for the detection of specific materials and substances with high accuracy. This technology enables detailed analysis of vegetation, mineral deposits, pollution levels, and other factors that affect the health of our planet.
Kuva Space aims to deploy a constellation of microsatellites equipped with hyperspectral cameras that can capture detailed images and analyze the molecular composition of objects on the Earth’s surface. This network of satellites will provide valuable data for applications in agriculture, environmental monitoring, and resource exploration.
With the latest funding, Kuva Space will continue to refine and improve their hyperspectral camera technology, optimizing it for use in a microsatellite network. The startup believes that the ability to analyze the molecular composition of objects on Earth will have significant commercial and scientific value.
Kuva Space’s initiative aligns with the growing demand for high-resolution Earth imaging data. By leveraging hyperspectral cameras on microsatellites, the startup aims to provide more accurate and comprehensive information about the Earth’s surface and its resources.
The funding secured will help Kuva Space accelerate their research and development efforts, bringing them closer to the launch of their microsatellite network. The startup has already made considerable progress in the development of their hyperspectral cameras, and this investment will further support their mission to enable detailed analysis of objects on Earth for various applications.