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AFWERX Announces UrtheCast Among Top Teams Selected to exhibit at EngageSpace

UrtheCast to exhibit at EngageSpace (September 29-30) The Premier Event for the Space Industry

AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced UrtheCast as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a two-day virtual event on September 29-30.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

Located in Vancouver, UrtheCast is competing in the DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs.

 “The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”

The DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge strives to identify cutting-edge commercial satellite technology and uncover new payload ideas, designs, and prototypes to expand the DoD’s capabilities.

UrtheCast will showcase the UrthePipeline, the world’s first Ground Segment Pipeline as a Service that automatically transforms raw downlinked Earth Observation satellite data into high quality imagery products ready for AI. The UrthePipeline commissions satellite/sensor characteristics, then calibrates, processes and QA’s the imagery without touch labor using rigorous physical modelling and the latest advancements in computer vision and machine learning. This automation achieves Full Operational Capabilities (FOC) faster while significantly reducing operational costs with higher quality normalized products. UrthePipeline quality is the key to reliably powering analytics from EO constellations at scale without the excessive false positives that traditionally require costly manual operations.

The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry, and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.

Register for the EngageSpace event by visiting https://engage.space

 “The UrthePipeline is unique in its ability to automatically transform raw downlinked data from heterogeneous satellites into normalized imagery products ready for analytics. This technology is leading a paradigm shift similar to how cloud computing transformed computer hardware. Here, for the first time ever, satellite owners have a lower cost, higher quality and more scalable option available without the need for a large operations team. We’re extremely excited to showcase this technology to the U.S. Air Force.” said Don Osborne, UrtheCast CEO.

ABOUT AFWERX

Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.

Fast Company named AFWERX Best Workplaces for Innovators on the 2020 List, honoring the top 100 businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. AFWERX, U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm and catalyst for fostering innovation within the Air Force, came in at #16 ranking in the top 20 alongside brands such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. Preview the live announcement with Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, unveiled during the AFWERX Fusion 2020 Base of the Future Event & Showcase.

 

AFWERK Media Contacts:

Tracy Skenandore / Makenzie Coombs

AFWERX@kirvindoak.com

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