New partnership aims to revolutionise satellite imagery capabilities in Asia

New partnership aims to revolutionise satellite imagery capabilities in Asia

A satcoms collaboration described as “groundbreaking” has been signed in the past few days. Its aim is said to be to evolve the landscape of satellite imagery capabilities and geospatial services in Southeast Asia.

Uzma, a leading energy and technology company, and Satellogic, a leader in sub-metre resolution earth observation (EO) data collection, announced the agreement late last week.

It includes leveraging both a state-of-the-art EO satellite designed and manufactured by Satellogic that is planned to be launched in the second half of 2024 as UzmaSAT-1 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and extensive tasking access to the Satellogic constellation.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Geospatial AI, Uzma will leverage access to high-temporal and high-resolution satellite imagery from Satellogic’s commercial fleet of sub-metre resolution EO satellites, which is described as the largest in the world.

Through this collaboration, Geospatial AI says it is positioning itself to accelerate the development of valuable geospatial applications, providing actionable insights for a rapidly growing market.

A pivotal aspect of this collaboration is the tasking capacity made available to Uzma, empowering it to capture precise satellite imagery on demand, including frequent revisits, maximum responsiveness and extensive collection capacity especially suited to scale its business.

This, says Uzma, will enable it to swiftly respond to market trends and opportunities, allowing its customers to access up-to-date and accurate geospatial data for informed decision-making. 

Matt Tirman, Satellogic President, says: “By integrating Satellogic’s cutting-edge satellite constellation with Uzma’s robust data analytics and expertise, we are setting a new benchmark in geospatial intelligence. We believe this is the beginning of a new era in satellite imagery and geospatial services in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.”

The partners point out that this collaboration has the potential to address critical global and domestic challenges, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related matters – from food security to border security, disaster response, and more.

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