CEiiA’s AI-driven optics deployed on European Space Agency’s Φsat-2 mission

09 April 2024 10:56

Matosinhos/Paris - When the European Space Agency Φsat-2’s begins its mission of observing the Earth later this year, Portugal-based CEiiA’s Autonomous Vessel Awareness application will leverage AI, machine learning, and a multispectral camera to help catch boats fishing illegally.

CEiiA’s AI-driven technology will help identify ships at sea for the European Space Agency, or ESA’s, upcoming cubesat mission, Φsat-2. The Portugal-based company’s Autonomous Vessel Awareness application will leverage AI, machine learning, and a multispectral camera to pinpoint and classify boats more than 40 feet long, including those that might be flouting fishing bans.

“Enabling faster responses and higher value detections, this approach substantially reduces overall operational costs for more effective detection of illegal maritime activities,” wrote the  company in a LinkedIn post.

CEiiA’s smart technology can sift through data collected with the sensor to improve the quality of imagery, decrease the number of images that require downloading to human operators, cut the time that human operators need to process and analyze imagery, and lower satellite mission costs.

“The application inspects the image to determine some key features such as the absence of clouds, presence of ocean, and the presence of ships in the image and then establishes whether or not a given scene (or area) requires further monitoring,” said an ESA press release.

Automatic Identification System transponders can then tell coastal authorities more about the position, identification, and other information about the boats in case their illegal fishing must be stopped.

British firm Open Cosmos is managing the Φsat-2 mission. Irish AI firm Ubotica has developed the unique onboard processing capabilities necessary to deploy CEiiA’s Autonomous Vessel Awareness application. Φsat-2 is slated to launch into orbit on a SpaceX rocket in California this year. ce/jd

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