16 Jan

Max Polyakov and his EOS Data Analytics company have joined forces with Dragonfly Aerospace to launch a new kind of multispectral imager into space. The technology could have major implications in a variety of industries, including a surprising potential for environmental conservation.

Max Polyakov Announces New Satellite Launch in Partnership with Dragonfly Aerospace

EOS Data Analytics has recently announced the finalization of a formal commercial partnership with Dragonfly Aerospace, one of South Africa’s leading space technology firms. The first project to be undertaken by the partnership is to be a satellite launch scheduled for the beginning of 2022. It aims to launch a dual payload of two multispectral imagers that use the latest technology to collect imagery in up to seven spectral bands at resolutions approaching 1m. The raw imaging data provided by Dragonfly Aerospace’s two HR-250 imagers will then be submitted to EOS Data Analytics for processing by their own proprietary AI and smart algorithms to help collect the most important information. It’s a promising partnership for two firms that have long blazed a trail in their respective fields, and the finished product could prove significant for many different industries.

The Technology Behind Multispectral Imagers

Dragonfly Aerospace’s HR-250 imagers use the very latest technology, and once in place, they are projected to outperform current competitors by some distance. Thanks to EOS Crop Monitoring technology, they can return image data to users 5 to 7 times faster than the standard turnaround for non-commercial satellite imaging. In addition, they’re projected to boast increased image resolution that’s as much as 3 to 10 times higher than what’s currently available on the market. Before launch, the imagers will be subjected to a rigorous schedule of preflight calibration tests to be followed by in-flight remote recalibration by technicians on the ground. Once fully up and running, the technology represents a market-leading addition to commercial satellite imaging services that many industries can profitably utilize.

Multispectral Imagers as a Means to Aid Environmental Conservation?

Satellite imaging services already have established commercial audiences in, for example, large-scale industrial agriculture. However, the minds behind EOS Data Analytics believe that the technology can have applications further afield. EOS Data Analytics founder Max Polyakov is hopeful that, once up and running, the imagers can be used to aid environmental conservation efforts. In a statement, he posited that “With this technology, it's also possible to prevent human deaths, such as modeling how forest fires spread. We can also utilize satellite imaging to provide a detailed reference of the Earth's surface and forecast 'nature'-trends... The tandem of multispectral imagers on our own satellite will ensure prompt monitoring of changes in the environment and help to save resources of the planet for upcoming generations". It’s a big step forward for both companies, but EOS Data Analytics has made no secret of safeguarding natural ecology in its mission statement. Now, with the satellite launch ready to go into development, it seems like the company is getting closer to reaching this goal.

Conclusion: New Multispectral Imagers Could Revolutionize the Market

Prior to launch, Dragonfly Aerospace engineers will put the imagers through a rigorous series of preflight calibration checks, with further fine-tuning to be executed remotely once the imagers have reached Low Earth Orbit. Then, with the aid of EOS Data Analytics software, the information received can be processed into practicable data so that conservationists and farmers can begin using the data to improve their crop treatment. With any luck, it looks like the technology could be a force for environmental good whilst still helping commercial concerns improve their production efficiency.

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