WARSAW, Poland — Polish space industry startup KP Labs has awarded an order to Scottish cubesat manufacturer Clyde Space which will act as a subcontractor for the company’s Intuition-1 project. The cuboid-shaped 6U-class cubesat is to be the first commercial satellite to be fitted with enough processing power to conduct hyperspectral imagery segmentation in orbit.
Gliwice, Poland-based KP Labs says its Intuition-1 is to perform Earth observation with the use of a hyperspectral instrument and advanced data processing based on deep neural networks that will be placed onboard the satellite. This will enable the cubesat to rapidly assess the condition of plants and forests, forecast crop yield, or create pollution maps for cities, according to company representatives.
“We selected Clyde Space as a subcontractor to build a satellite platform and organize Intuition-1’s launch. Recently signed contract covers these services,” Grzegorz Łada, a project manager at KP Labs, told SpaceNews.
“The project is scheduled to be implemented between January 2018 and December 2023. Currently, we are in the process of research and development which will continue until the end of 2019. Between 2020 and 2021, the satellite will be integrated, and in early 2022, we will perform qualification tests. The launch, ...