Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
Open Cosmos Launches Two Satellites for Earth Observation

Open Cosmos has achieved a significant milestone with the launch of two satellites that will join the existing MENUT satellite as part of the OpenConstellation. This global Earth Observation satellite infrastructure is built and managed by Open Cosmos.

The data collected by these satellites will benefit companies, organizations, national and regional governments around the world. It can be accessed by organizations of all sizes to address challenges related to the climate crisis, energy, and natural resources. Open Cosmos aims to democratize access to critical space data while ensuring high levels of governance and security.

One of the satellites, PLATERO, combines Earth Observation, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence technologies. It has been commissioned by the Andalusian Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency and will monitor biodiversity, desertification, emergencies, and the effects of farming on the environment. The data collected will inform future policies on preserving the environment.

The other satellite, MANTIS, is the first satellite launched as part of ESA InCubed, a co-funding program led by ESA Φ-lab and supported by the UK Space Agency. It hosts an innovative multispectral, high-resolution optical payload for Earth Observation from Satlantis. It also includes a high-performance and reconfigurable processing unit by Ubotica, aimed at utilizing the power of AI for insights onboard. The data from MANTIS will address accessibility and periodicity challenges in the energy and mining sector, and further applications will focus on environmental challenges such as climate emergency monitoring and biodiversity conservation.

The data collected by both satellites will be fed directly into DataCosmos, Open Cosmos’s cloud-based data and insights platform. This platform transforms satellite imagery into actionable intelligence using algorithms, allowing businesses and groups to address the world’s most important environmental challenges.