India Indian Space Start-up Pixxel Awarded 5-Year Contract by US NRO to Provide Hyperspectral Imagery


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Indian space tech startup Pixxel Space has bagged a five-year contract from the US National Reconnaissance Office to provide hyperspectral imagery.

The NRO awarded six contracts for commercial hyperspectral imagery to BlackSky Technology, HyperSat, Orbital Sidekick, Pixxel, Planet, and Xplore. As part of the contract, Pixxel will provide hyperspectral imagery (HSI), remote sensing capabilities via modeling and simulation, and data evaluation.

The company will use on-orbit pathfinder systems and future HSI constellations to collect and provide the data, which NRO says, "will contribute to our world-class intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities."


Pixxel's technology-demonstration HSI satellite

Hyperspectral images are made up of light from hundreds of colors across the electromagnetic spectrum. Since hyperspectral imaging collects many different colors of light, any given object will have a unique signature. This enables users to obtain information about each pixel in an image, with the goal of identifying objects and materials. The imagery is used in the fields of agriculture, mining, geology, and intelligence and surveillance.

“The entire team here at Pixxel is excited to begin this journey with the NRO. We are fully committed to this fantastic opportunity to offer our imaging capabilities to the organization, its partners, and the U.S. geospatial intelligence community,” Awais Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Pixxel, said in a statement.

Pixel satellites capture images at hundreds of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum and reveal key data about the health of our planet. The company said that it has seen a landmark year of growth, launching three pathfinder missions into orbit and growing its customer base across agriculture, mining, climate, oil and gas, and government.

"Congratulations to team Pixxel Space. This is a huge accomplishment and a well-deserved recognition in the field of Earth Observation. Wishing you all the best on this exciting journey & collaboration, & looking forward to seeing how you hypercharge EO," the Indian Space Association (ISpA) tweeted.


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