Gilmour, LatConnect 60 to launch Earth observation microsats

Gilmour Space Technologies and LatConnect 60 have signed an agreement to build and launch the first microsatellite as part of a planned high-resolution Earth observation constellation.

Gilmour, LatConnect 60 to launch Earth observation microsats
nestegg logo

Dubbed HyperSight 60, Perth-based LatConnect 60 (LC60) will utilise its AI and high-resolution imagery with Queensland-based Gilmour’s satellite and launch capabilities.

The constellation will use hyperspectral imagery, which can detect greater wavelengths of light within the electromagnetic spectrum, to deliver data insights for agriculture, forestry, environments, mineral, maritime and defence applications, according to the companies.

“HyperSight 60 will deliver geospatial insights for mid-latitude areas at a level of detail and frequency not possible with other commercial remote sensing systems,” said Venkat Pillay, LC60 CEO and founder.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“For HyperSight 60 and other planned LC60 constellations, our unique approach to onboard AI sensors, combined with advanced data fusion on the ground, will fill gaps in the insights that can be gleaned from current remote sensing systems,” said Pillay.

The partnership was announced at the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs happening this week, an annual event that brings together space leaders from around the world.

Earth observation capabilities are being heavily invested into in Australia, and just last week, the federal government announced it will build and launch four new EO satellites into orbit from 2024.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Gilmour and LC60’s microsatellites will be placed in 30-degree inclined orbits for “frequent revisit data capture” over the Earth’s equatorial and mid-latitude regions, according to the rocket manufacturer.

Under the agreement, Gilmour will develop the first 100-kilogram satellite on its G-class satellite bus (G-Sat), and it will be launched on the company’s Eris rocket from the Bowen Orbital Spaceport in Queensland.

The first of the eight-satellite constellation is set to launch in the fourth quarter in 2024, and once it is operational, locations between 30 degrees north and South in Australia, Asia, South America and Africa will have hourly revisit rates.

“This agreement would be our second G-class satellite mission on Eris, and we’re excited to be working with the pioneering team at LC60 to bring this significant capability to market,” said Gilmour Space CEO, Adam Gilmour.

Gilmour’s first satellite mission is set to launch later this year.

The HyperSight 60 constellation will also be able to pre-process data in orbit, including radiometric and geometric correction, before linking to ground stations. This process is called tip-and-cue.

The microsatellite and constellation will both be owned and operated by LatConnect 60.

Isabella Richards

Isabella Richards

Bella Richards is a journalist who has written for several local newspapers, her university newspaper and a tech magazine, and completed her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney in 2020. She joined Momentum Media in 2021, and has since written breaking news stories across Space Connect, Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

You can email Bella on: [email protected]

Receive the latest developments and updates on Australia’s space industry direct to your inbox. Subscribe today to Space Connect here.

Tags:
Category
Receive the latest developments and updates on Australia’s space industry direct to your inbox. Subscribe today to Space Connect.

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.