Grahaa, an Indian Startup, is planning to launch a cluster of earth observation nanosatellites into low earth orbit. The nanosatellites will help stream near real-time, high definition (HD) videos of client-defined areas-of-interest.
As per ANI report, the videos are processed in real-time and the analysed feed will be made available to clients via Grahaa’s artificial intelligence-powered interactive web platform. The data that will be obtained through nanosatellites would cater to areas like agricultural management, disaster and emergency response, military reconnaissance missions, investigative journalism, smart city initiatives & e-governance, marine intelligence, infrastructure, and tracking industrial activity over specific areas.
Ramesh Kumar, Founder and CEO of Grahaa Space, told the agency “Grahaa Space is one of the handfuls of startups across the globe trying to stream near real-time, high definition videos of client-defined areas-of-interest from low earth orbit. The mission we are working on is technically ambitious but we strongly believe that the near real-time data and analytics would tremendously help the Government and enterprise customers with decision intelligence to tackle some of the pressing on-ground challenges,”.
Mr. Kumar also added that Grahaa is planning to work with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to launch a technology demonstration launch by the end of next year. “Once this is successful, we will produce our group of satellites in India to be launched in batches,” he added.
Dr Loganathan, Co-Founder and Mission Director, who has over 36 years of leadership experience with ISRO, working on INSAT, IRS, and SRE missions during his tenure said that”As a proud Indian citizen and an ex-ISRO Deputy Project Director for IRS missions during the early stages of ISRO, I am humbled to have closely worked with fellow scientists in contributing and shaping up the Indian space program that has grown in leaps and bounds over the past century. ISRO has put in tremendous efforts to put India as one of the leading space-faring nations in the world. Opening up the space industry to private players and setting up a nodal agency is a welcome move from the Government of India. I am happy to be leading the mission for the Grahaa Space team where we have taken up an ambitious goal to stream near-real-time videos of client-defined areas-of-interest from low earth orbit. I am confident that our unique data and insights would help a wide variety of sectors on the ground,”.
The startup is currently being incubated at the Science & Technology Entrepreneurial Park, PSG College of Technology (PSG-STEP) in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.