While, Elon Musk‘s SpaceX and Amazon’s Blue Origin are making waves in the aerospace industry. Another company from the UK — Satellite Vu — a London-based company that acts as an Earth’s thermometer from space is set to make major developments. The UK spacetech has announced a partnership with Viasat, operators of a ground service network, to ensure rapid commanding, reception, and dissemination of thermal imagery from Satellite Vu’s satellites.
The partnership will enable the London company to frequently contact its constellation day and night to ensure rapid responsiveness to customers for tasking new collections, low latency times, and high-speed delivery of its thermal imagery and derived analytics.
Based out of California, Viasat is a ground service provider that designs, builds, and operates a global antenna network for global communications on the ground, in the air, or at sea.
The company serves commercial and government satellite operators worldwide.
John Williams, Vice President of Real-Time Earth at Viasat, says,
“We are thrilled to be selected as the exclusive ground service provider for Satellite Vu. Our companies share a passion for innovation and positive change around the world. With the global buildout of our Real-Time Earth ground service, Viasat will provide Satellite Vu with frequent access to ground stations at the poles and low latency delivery of data for applications ranging from wildfire detection and analysis to monitoring carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency.”
Satellite Vu was founded to address global challenges through satellite technology.
The company is launching a satellite constellation capable of measuring the thermal emissions of any structure on the planet multiple times, day and night.
The UK company says that identifying and monitoring heat waste from the built environment is imperative as we push toward decarbonisation and a Net Zero future.
Satellite Vu is looking to combat greenwashing claims, monitor water pollution events, and support disaster response such as wildfire monitoring.
Further, the company intends to guide targeted retrofitting of legacy buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy wastage, supporting communities with the cost-of-living crisis and the effects of urban heat islands.
Furthermore, Satellite Vu’s infrared data can reveal rates of industrial activity around power plants, refineries, and ports.
These images will provide valuable insights into economic activity, energy efficiency, and disaster response.
Satellite Vu will effectively be the Earth’s thermometer from space.
Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO of Satellite Vu, comments, “We are delighted to partner with Viasat, with whom we share a mission to bring information into peoples’ hands across the globe. We hope our data will revolutionise the fight against climate change by connecting people to independent data, allowing them to measure and therefore manage their communities, neighbourhoods, and livelihoods sustainably for future generations.”
Satellite Vu has raised a total of £20M from grants and venture capital led by Seraphim Space Investment Trust, including Lockheed Martin, Molten, and A/O PropTech.
The company has partnered with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd to build the satellite constellation and SpaceX for the first and second satellite launches in early 2023 and 2024.