Open Cosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced their collaboration for the launch of the MANTIS satellite on SpaceX’s Transporter-9 mission, set to lift-off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, U.S.  MANTIS’s game changing AI processing onboard the satellite is powered by Ubotica’s SPACE:AI.


MANTIS (Mission Agile Nanosatellite for Terrestrial Imagery Services), funded by UKSA in collaboration with ESA, will deliver high-resolution imagery critical for monitoring logistics, energy infrastructure, and natural resources.


Satellites today are central to many impactful applications. Integrated with onboard AI, they can monitor greenhouse gasses, provide insights into global temperature fluctuations, oversee polar ice caps, sea levels, ocean currents, enhance forest monitoring, detect deforestation, and pinpoint oil spills even before they’re perceptible from the ground. Such capabilities underpin projections that the Earth Observation (EO) market will be worth $11.3 billion by 2031.


The dynamic nature of our world contrasts with current static Earth Observation (EO) methods. Conventional EO offers snapshots – a singular moment – often needing terrestrial post-processing to yield an image. While valuable, it doesn’t support immediate decisions in pressing situations like environmental shifts, natural calamities, or security issues.


SPACE:AI revolutionizes today’s Earth Observation (EO) by transforming it into actionable Live Earth Intelligence. Instead of static snapshots, SPACE:AI provides a continuous live stream of actionable insights processed onboard through a full stack of Edge AI technology that can perform inference on diverse inputs such as optical, hyperspectral, and radar data.


Sean Mitchell, Chief Commercial Officer at Ubotica, said, “We’re proud to announce that MANTIS’s onboard AI utilizes Ubotica’s SPACE:AI technology, marking Ubotica’s debut as the AI processing partner in OpenConstellation. The aim is for MANTIS to transform Earth Observation from static imagery to a continuous stream of actionable, Live Earth Intelligence, processed onboard through breakthrough Edge AI.”