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ABB secures $30 million order for satellite imaging technology

17 February 2022 | News
by Ian Michael
Artistic impression of the EarthDaily Constellation satellite

ABB has been awarded a contract worth around $30 million by the Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics Corp. (EDA) to develop and manufacture next-generation multispectral imaging systems to be placed on 10 satellites (including an in-orbit spare) that will circle the Earth. The EarthDaily Constellation network of satellites will be able to provide high-quality imagery in 22 spectral bands with resolution down to 5 m.

“We are proud to collaborate with ABB on the development of the ground-breaking EarthDaily Constellation, which will provide unprecedented daily global coverage of the Earth at ultra-high, scientific-grade image quality. Current Earth observation satellite systems provide either high image quality with low coverage or low image quality with high coverage. The EarthDaily Constellation brings high image quality and rich spectral band diversity together with daily global coverage—something that has never been available before. ABB’s long track record of success at the forefront of space sensors and Earth observation provides us with not only best-in-class technology, but also the confidence that comes from working closely with a leading technology company”, said Don Osborne, CEO, EarthDaily Analytics.

Once deployed on the network of satellites, ABB’s sensors will continuously capture images of the planet’s land masses and large maritime areas as the satellites circle the Earth. EDA’s artificial intelligence-based analytics system will then process the data gathered from these images based on any recorded changes and generate actionable insights that will include information on the state of Earth’s ecosystems, as well as on the impact and progress of the changing climate.

The year of 2022 marks 100 combined years of reliable operations for all of ABB’s optical equipment in orbit with core contributions to flagship missions of space agencies around the world. The space group within ABB’s Measurement & Analytics Division specialises in advancing measurement capabilities from space, from enabling daily weather forecasts to precisely monitoring the rise of greenhouse gases or spotting strong emitters.

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