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PhiSat-1 brings Intel’s Artificial Intelligence into space

Paris, 27 October 2020. – The chipmaker Intel placed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera chip on board a small European satellite in space, the company said.

The PhiSat-1 satellite contains a new hyperspectral-thermal camera and an AI smart camera chip, Intel said.

PhiSat-1 is one of a pair of satellites on a mission to monitor polar ice and soil moisture, while also testing intersatellite communication systems, it said.

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), PhiSat-1 (Ф-sat-1) is the first experiment to demonstrate how artificial intelligence can be used for Earth observation, filtering out less than perfect images so that only usable data are returned to Earth.

PhiSat-1 was launched in early September on the Arianespace SSMS rideshare mission.

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HawkEye 360 adds $55 million to its funding

Paris, 16 April 2021. – The Earth monitoring and analytics startup HawkEye 360 secured $55 million in additional funding, bringing the total amount raised so far to over $155 million, the company said. The new (Series C) round was led by NightDragon and included further investment from existing investors Advance, Razor's Edge Ventures, Shield Capital, Dorilton Ventures, Adage Capital, and Esri International, the firm said.