Swarms of hundreds or thousands of small satellites are increasingly used for bringing data and internet services to Earth. To position, communicate and dispose such large amounts of satellites, Artificial Intelligence is getting increasingly important. To enable a large-scale use of Artificial Intelligence in orbit, Beyond Gravity, Europe’s leading supplier to the space industry, and Stream Analyze, recognized as one of Sweden’s leading tech startups, are teaming up.
They have agreed to combine Beyond Gravity’s latest single board computer for satellites called “Lynx”, with Stream Analyze’ analytics platform “sa.engine”, to provide solutions for space customers’ future Artificial Intelligence applications in space. A “smart” satellite will be able to automatically send messages to Earth of its own performance and status, such as: “Hello, it seems like I am going to use 20% more energy than usual next week. Is that ok?” instead of just raw data.
Optimize response time
“This cooperation makes satellites ready for intensified use in future of Artificial Intelligence,” says Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Satellites at Beyond Gravity. Moving the intelligence from servers on ground into edge processing on the satellite in space has several advantages, Anders Linder explains: “It is possible to optimize response times and utilization of the data downlink resource which is often a bottleneck. Especially as sensors are getting more powerful and producing more and more data in the satellites which would currently need to be sent to Earth for processing.”