Ibadan, 4 January, 2024. – Sidus Space has announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has granted it a Tier 1 remote sensing license to include Panchromatic (PAN) and Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) imaging capabilities. This approval includes Sidus’ upcoming LizzieSat scheduled for launch in March 2024, as well as subsequent LizzieSat satellites.
Through this new license authority, Sidus LizzieSat satellites will collect and distribute images and data to Government and commercial customers supporting a wide range of applications.
Furthermore, the imagers will flow high-quality, diverse satellite data into the Company’s FeatherBox Artificial Intelligence onboard processor, which integrates the images with time-synced Automated Information Systems (AIS) and GPS data. This consequently results in near real-time customer status regarding marine traffic trends, illegal fishing activities, methane emission locations and quantities, and vegetative stress implications on crop production around the globe.
“NOAA’s Tier 1 remote sensing license approval is a significant milestone for Sidus Space. With PAN and SWIR imaging capabilities, we’re focused on our commitment to practical innovation in space technology while addressing real-world challenges,” said Carol Craig, CEO and Founder of Sidus Space.
The Data-as-a-Service company recently completed environmental testing of LizzieSat ahead of the mission. As a result, the satellite will tentatively launch in March 2024 on SpaceX’s Transporter-10 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and remain in space for data collection for four years of operation. The upcoming launch is a catalyst for the execution of Sidus Space’s high-margin revenue Data-as-a-Service offering.
Customers for the launch include NASA, Mission Helios, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) data customers, and multispectral imagery consumers for the detection of methane gas and vegetative stress.