Axelspace’s space sensors will provide detailed satellite imagery for HEO Inspect, the satellite inspection software used to evaluate the status of active satellites.
The agreement with Axelspace now brings HEO Robotics access to 35 space sensors, providing the software with more data to allow it to more accurately monitor satellites.
With this increased access comes more “‘fly-by” opportunities for HEO Inspect to apply its software. Increased fly-bys result in higher frequency imaging which directly translates into a more accurate performance of the software.
The more images and data points available to HEO Inspect, the better and more reliable the information regarding the satellite’s status will be.
HEO Inspect’s stated purpose is to provide satellite operators with real-time information about the performance, health, and day-to-day operational status of their satellites by taking satellite-to-satellite imagery. Increasing the number of sensors feeding data to the core software will significantly improve this objective.
In its current state, the HEO Inspect software is capable of providing in-orbit inspection, identification, verification, and monitoring services. It allows users to monitor not just the status of their satellites and space assets, but to also understand the context of its environment and any objects or threats in its vicinity.
The software being developed by HEO will eventually have the capacity to image any objects within the solar system on demand. To achieve this, HEO will need a massive network of accurate and reliable space-based sensors.
The CEO and co-founder of HEO Robotics, Dr William Crowe, spoke about the benefits of the increased sensor access.
“We are thrilled to partner with Axelspace. Access to their cameras will have a substantial impact on our ability to provide in-space services.
“We will be able to enhance our ability to quickly monitor satellites and easily integrate our software into the day-to-day operations of satellite owners,” Dr Crowe said.
Dr Yuya Nakamura, the president and CEO of Axelspace, also commented on the partnership.
“I myself was astonished to hear the idea of using our satellites to monitor other in-orbit objects, as our satellites were originally designed to monitor the surface of the Earth only.
“The partnership between both companies this time opened up a new possibility of Earth observation satellites.”
Liam McAneny is a journalist who has written and edited for his University International Relations journal. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong in 2021. He joined Momentum Media in 2022 and currently writes for SpaceConnect and Australian Aviation. Liam has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations as well as astronomy.
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