Ubotica Technologies is developing the infrastructure to extend the Mobile App Store ecosystem into space and unlock Live Earth Intelligence.
This new infrastructure will enable developers to easily deploy AI applications to satellites equipped with Ubotica’s CogniSAT technology. Opening space AI to developers will drive a surge in innovation, such as the transformative impact of the millions of applications built via the App Stores for mobile phones.
The ever-changing world contrasts sharply with today’s static EO methods. Traditional EO is akin to a Polaroid from the past—a singular, fixed moment requiring Earth-based post-processing to reveal an image. While valuable, EO today is inadequate for real-time decision-making in urgent situations like changes in the environment, natural disasters or security threats.
Enter SPACE:AI, a game-changing approach that transforms EO into actionable, Live Earth Intelligence. Replacing static snapshots, SPACE:AI delivers a continuous live stream of actionable insights processed onboard through advanced edge AI (eAI) technology. SPACE:AI can take in a broad range of inputs including optical, hyperspectral, and radar observations to create real-time insights. Inter-satellite communications ensure real-time delivery of these insights directly to individuals and systems on Earth.
Our goal is to unlock innovation.
With SPACE:AI, developers can deploy a wide range of innovative applications and models on satellites featuring Ubotica’s CogniSAT technology. The outcome is a wealth of proactive Live Earth Intelligence beneficial to humanity. This includes, for example, early detection of forest fires, monitoring methane emissions, identifying suspicious oil tanker activities in international waters, or alerting to potential dam breaches. With an open infrastructure and easy deployment, the innovation of the developer community can be unleashed to bring new applications that have not been conceived of as of this writing.
Ubotica Technologies has also unveiled a strategic partnership with IBM as part of building out the infrastructure to realize this vision. This collaboration uses IBM’s cloud infrastructure and watsonx.ai components to streamline the deployment process for developers aiming to run applications on satellites. With a single-click interface, developers can securely upload their AI models to satellites operating on Ubotica’s CogniSAT platform. These orbital AI applications will generate real-time autonomous decisions and insights in space, removing the need to downlink and process copious amounts of data on Earth. The initiative delivers significant capital and operational expenditure savings for satellite constellation operators and will foster innovation within the Space AI ecosystem.
This partnership provides mutual customers with a framework to deploy their Space AI Applications directly to CogniSAT on-board processing systems and forms part of Ubotica’s strategy to enable Space AI for all.
More details are available on this partnership blog post on IBM’s website.