Bengaluru-based start-up Pixxel is gearing up to launch its innovative series of satellites, named Fireflies, in June. These home-built satellites are set to provide a finer look at the Earth with their five-meter resolution hyper-spectral imagery. With this groundbreaking technology, Pixxel aims to revolutionize satellite imagery and offer valuable data for a wide range of industries and organizations.
Pixxel recently launched its satellite manufacturing unit, Mega Pixxel, in Bengaluru. With this facility, the company can assemble, integrate, and test 40 satellites weighing 100 kilograms each year. This development marks a significant leap forward for the nascent organization as it seeks to make a notable impact in the space sector.
Founder and CEO of Pixxel, Awais Ahmed, shared, “If you are looking at 100-kilogram micro-satellites which are able to do a whole lot of stuff in terms of actual commercial viability, we can do 20 of them at a single point in time. The turnaround time from getting them assembled to ship-to-launch is about six months. That makes it 40 every year.”
Pixxel plans to launch six Fireflies satellites by June, with an additional 12 planned for the following year. These satellites will be equipped to monitor over 250 spectral bands at a five-meter spatial resolution, making them the highest-resolution commercial hyper-spectral satellites available.
In addition to the Fireflies, Pixxel also aims to launch six Honeybees satellites next year. This constellation of 24 satellites will have the remarkable capability to revisit any location on Earth within a 24-hour cycle.
With a resolution of five meters, the Fireflies outperform the demonstration satellites launched by Pixxel in 2022. The satellite manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, spanning over 30,000 square feet, houses state-of-the-art clean rooms, labs, a mechanical workshop, and a mission control room. This comprehensive setup allows Pixxel to control the entire satellite production process and iterate faster without relying on external parties.
Pixxel has already secured significant funding, raising a total of USD 71 million since its founding in 2018. The start-up’s clientele includes the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Rio Tinto, and the National Reconnaissance Organization of the US, among other global organizations. The data obtained from Pixxel satellites will play a crucial role in closely monitoring emissions, water pollution, gas leaks, oil spills, soil composition, forest biodiversity, and crop health.
The launch of Fireflies in June will mark an important milestone for Pixxel as it plans to seek further funding and expand its presence in the satellite imagery market. With its cutting-edge technology and ambitious goals, Pixxel is poised to make a significant impact in the space industry and pave the way for a new era of satellite imagery.
FAQ about Pixxel’s Fireflies Satellites:
1. What is Pixxel?
Pixxel is a Bengaluru-based start-up that is preparing to launch its series of satellites named Fireflies. It aims to revolutionize satellite imagery and provide valuable data for various industries and organizations.
2. What is the resolution of Pixxel’s Fireflies satellites?
Pixxel’s Fireflies satellites have a five-meter resolution hyper-spectral imagery, providing a finer look at the Earth.
3. What can Pixxel’s satellites monitor?
Pixxel’s satellites can monitor over 250 spectral bands at a five-meter spatial resolution. They can closely monitor emissions, water pollution, gas leaks, oil spills, soil composition, forest biodiversity, and crop health.
4. How many satellites can Pixxel assemble, integrate, and test each year?
With its satellite manufacturing unit, Mega Pixxel, Pixxel can assemble, integrate, and test 40 satellites weighing 100 kilograms each year.
5. When will Pixxel launch its Fireflies satellites?
Pixxel plans to launch six Fireflies satellites in June, with an additional 12 satellites planned for the following year.
6. What is the remarkable capability of Honeybees satellites?
Pixxel aims to launch six Honeybees satellites next year. This constellation of 24 satellites will have the capability to revisit any location on Earth within a 24-hour cycle.
7. How has Pixxel secured funding?
Pixxel has raised a total of USD 71 million in funding since its founding in 2018. It has clients such as the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Rio Tinto, and the National Reconnaissance Organization of the US.
https://pixxel.space – Pixxel’s official website