Spiral Blue Delivers SE-1 Space Edge Computer for Waratah Seed Mission
[13th September 2023, Sydney] – Spiral Blue is delighted to announce the delivery of their SE-1 payload to Waratah Seed - Australia's first ride-share mission, flying an Australian-built 6U CubeSat into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher in February 2024.
SE-1 is the latest Space Edge Computer developed by Spiral Blue. The history making, AI enabled computer is solving the downlink problem by conducting analysis on board satellites in real time, including bushfire detection, vessel detection, canopy mapping, water body mapping, cloud clipping, image compression and cropping. The first SE-1 computer developed by Spiral Blue launched in January 2023 is the most powerful computer in space, outside of a space station, as well as the first edge computer in history to be successfully developed and operated in space by an Australian company.
“The fact that Waratah Seed is a wholly Australian mission is extremely exciting. To be developing this capability in Australia is amazing and it's an honour to be a part of that.” – James Buttenshaw, Spiral Blue CTO.
Spiral Blue is excited to bring our expertise in space edge computing, and AI as part of this pioneering mission. We are proud to reach this latest milestone, and look forward to the launch next year.
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About Spiral Blue
Spiral Blue is enabling the next generation of Earth observation services with artificial intelligence and Space Edge Computing. Spiral Blue technology has applications in defence, city planning, utilities, and other industries. Founded in 2018, the company has recently launched its second generation of Space Edge Computer to orbit, the first Space Edge One, which is now beginning on board application testing for customers.
Spiral Blue was recently awarded the Minimum Viable Product Grant (MVP Grant) from the New South Wales state government. This was the result of a competitive application process. This grant will see Spiral Blue's first space edge computing product Space Edge Zero move from the proof of concept stage to the prototype stage.
Spiral Blue is one of the winners of the maiden Gravity Challenge. We were selected as one of the winners of the SA Power Networks Challenge, and awarded the Meteor Award for Most Innovative Use of Space Capability.
Spiral Blue has completed testing of components of Space Edge Zero in preparation for building a fully integrated prototype. This prototype is to be launched and tested in space in 2021. Discussions are currently underway with launch providers to make this happen.