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Democratizing access to geospatial intelligence

Rema Matevosyan, CEO, Near Space Labs

The convergence between geospatial intelligence and space would help build smart cities of the future.

Cities are living systems that are constantly changing—and satellites cannot monitor them effectively, causing financial waste and missing out on arguably the greatest value in earth observation. Having highly updated and relevant information about them allows for more resilient urban design and planning, mitigates climate and weather-related risks, and gives local governments and businesses contextual information to make efficient decisions.

Affordable data and cheap access to space, data analytics and AI applied to massive datasets are creating opportunities in new industries and expanding markets.

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Robotic aerial mapping

Near Space Labs is an industry-first high-resolution, high-frequency imagery company that builds and fly stratospheric robots who map the earth with unprecedented detail and daily frequency. It is partnering with leading GIS and data analytics companies, including ESRI. The company captures imagery from the stratosphere and offers highly detailed information. Customers can see cars, HVACs, pipes, cracks on roads, etc. The stratosphere provides a great vantage point to observe the earth in high detail and frequency. It also dramatically reduces the price for high quality geospatial intelligence. Price of imagery was an impediment before for many players. This isn’t the case anymore.

There are a few challenges in capturing imagery from the stratosphere: mission planning, stabilizing, and operating on different altitudes and layers of atmosphere, under different meteorological conditions. We have a sophisticated robotic vehicle that does that. We also have operations and mission planning software that utilizes massive datasets for prediction and planning.

State of the art, cloud-native API allows people to access terabytes of imagery generated by Near Space Labs and others. We’re among the few new space tech companies to have launched both a fully functioning satellite and a way to deliver imagery to customers.

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