Pixxel’s Awais Ahmed talks going hyperspectral in dual use at TC Sessions: Space • TechCrunch

Orbital imaging is becoming commonplace in industries and defense, but looking beyond the visible spectrum has yet to break into the mainstream. Pixxel is ready to change that with its hyperspectral imaging satellites, and co-founder Awais Ahmed will join us at TC Sessions: Space in Los Angeles on December 6 to tell us why this technology matters.

Hyperspectral images include wavelengths far beyond what people and traditional cameras see, allowing satellites to detect things like polluting gases, the level of soil hydration, or concentrations of desirable minerals. Pixxel’s approach is modern and adaptable, with a new image stack that divides the broader spectrum into extremely thin slices, enabling highly specific detections that would normally require a spectrometer or science mission.

Pixxel raised a $25 million A-round earlier this year, a blow to young founders Ahmed and fellow BITS Pilani graduate Kshitij Khandelwal in Rajasthan, India. The two set out to change orbital imaging and are now in the lead as numerous industries, the military and weather monitoring authorities are seeing the benefits of hyperspectral imaging data.

Ahmed told TechCrunch recently that the new push toward ESG, as well as a large new tranche of federal funding for climate solutions, is bolstering existing interest from stakeholders in this area, from climate activists to oil and gas companies. And of course, the strategic importance of this kind of data is plain to see, which is why Ahmed will be joining us for a discussion of the evolving dual-use sector, where startups like Pixxel have twice the opportunity. , but also double the responsibility.

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