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Name Spiral Blue
Computing Unit (AI, Supercomputer, Processing Board)
Country Australia
Founded 2017

We are building Space Edge - an onboard computer for Earth observation satellites that processes images on the satellite as they are collected.


Spiral Blue is developing the Space Edge Computer - an onboard computing system that will give Earth observation satellites the ability to process images captured on the satellite itself. This has the potential to increase the capacity of an Earth observation satellites carrying Space Edge Computers by as much as 20x.
 Space Edge Computers use the NVIDIA Jetson series, maximising processing power while keeping power draw manageable. They carry polymer shielding for single event effects, as well as additional software and hardware mitigations. We provide onboard infrastructure software to manage resources and ensure security, as well as onboard apps such as preprocessing, GPU based compression, cloud detection, and cropping. We can also provide AI based apps for object detection and segmentation, such as Vessel Detect and Canopy Mapper.


Spiral Blue has signed an agreement with Polish satellite manufacturer SatRevolution to launch and test our first prototype Space Edge Zero (SEZ) computer in orbit. Our SEZ computer will be hosted by SatRevolution's SW1FT satellite, set for launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than December 2020.
Hosting Spiral Blue’s Space Edge Zero (SEZ) computers onboard 2 satellites - STORK-4 and STORK-5. SEZ hardware has arrived in Poland and is currently undergoing final integration with these satellites, ahead of a launch no earlier than June 2021 onboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket.
Spiral Blue’s SEZ, is a prototype computer designed to allow in-space processing of satellite images. This upcoming mission will see end to end testing and space qualification of the SEZ. Each of SatRevolution’s Earth observation STORK satellites, will carry an optical payload that can capture multispectral images at 5 metre resolution. This imagery will then be passed onto an onboard SEZ unit, allowing the prototype computer to take in and process earth observation imagery in real time.

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Last modified: 2022-12-09

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