Picture caption: Anthony Baker (left) and John Williams (right) shaking hands

Satellite Vu, the British Earth Observation company set to become the world’s thermometer from space with its planned constellation of high-resolution thermal imaging satellites, has partnered with Viasat, operators of the real-time Earth global ground service network of world-class antenna systems, to ensure rapid commanding, reception and dissemination of thermal imagery from Satellite Vu’s satellites.

The partnership will enable Satellite Vu to regularly contact its constellation throughout the day and night to ensure rapid responsiveness to customers for tasking new collections, low latency times, and high-speed delivery of its thermal imagery and derived analytics.

Global antenna network

Viasat is a ground service provider that designs, builds and operates a global antenna network.

Satellite Vu is looking to combat greenwashing claims, monitor water pollution events and support disaster response such as wildfire monitoring.

They are hoping to be able to guide targeted retrofitting of legacy buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy wastage, supporting communities with the cost-of-living crisis and the effects of urban heat islands.

Satellite Vu’s infrared data can reveal rates of industrial activity around powerplants, refineries and ports.

Bringing information into peoples’ hands

Anthony Baker, founder and CEO of Satellite Vu, said: “We are delighted to partner with Viasat with whom we share a mission to bring information into peoples’ hands across the globe.

“We hope our data will be able to revolutionise the fight against climate change, by connecting people to independent data, giving them the ability to measure and therefore manage their communities, neighbourhoods, and livelihoods sustainably for future generations.”

John Williams, vice president of real-time Earth at Viasat, added: “We are thrilled to be selected as the exclusive ground service provider for Satellite Vu. Our companies share a passion for innovation and positive change around the world.

“With the global buildout of our Real-Time Earth ground service, Viasat will provide Satellite Vu with frequent access to ground stations at the poles and low latency delivery of data for applications ranging from wildfire detection and analysis to monitoring carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency.”
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