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Cognitive Space and Terran Orbital Announce World-First in SaaS AI-driven Earth Observation Satellite Operations

Cognitive Space and Terran Orbital announced a world-first in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven automated mission management, with the onboarding of the Terran Orbital-built GeoStare SV2 spacecraft onto Cognitive Space’s CNTIENT software platform. A dual-use, Earth Observation and Non-Earth imaging (NEI) spacecraft owned and operated by Terran Orbital, GeoStare SV2 features a novel compact optical payload that can collect medium-resolution images night or day thanks to agile boresight capabilities.

The CNTIENT platform is a SaaS AI-driven suite of modular services which augments the ground segment of constellations. By leveraging Machine Learning (ML) in a scalable cloud computing environment, CNTIENT balances order priority, fleet, spacecraft and system resources and constraints to optimize collection planning and link management.

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CNTIENT helps constellation operators unlock the true potential of their fleet by understanding the capabilities of each spacecraft and the entire constellation. CNTIENT seamlessly connects system behavior to business KPIs – satellite capacity, data latency, revenue fulfillment or other requirements. In doing so, CNTIENT frees mission operators from collection planning tasks so that they can oversee the constellation at the fleet level.

Both Earth Observations and NEI collections are handled through the CNTIENT platform, proving the flexibility of the overall system. The GeoStare SV2 spacecraft serves as a proving ground for new technologies that will be applied to Terran Orbital’s broader fleet of spacecraft that it manages for customers. Partnering with Cognitive Space is part of Terran Orbital’s broader commitment to space operations and applying the same economies-of-scale on-orbit as it has previously done in spacecraft manufacturing.

Terran Orbital has long been an industry leader in operations autonomy and “lights out” operations, and the partnership with Cognitive Space only strengthens that.

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“We are incredibly proud of the work the Cognitive Space and Terran Orbital teams have done over the past year to bring us to this moment,” said Hanna Steplewska, President, and COO of Cognitive Space. “Integrating operational systems for on-orbit spacecraft is complex, time-sensitive and demanding, and our teams have shown that they are up to the task. We look forward to onboarding additional spacecraft onto the CNTIENT platform in the coming weeks and being a trusted solutions partner to Terran Orbital.”

“Terran Orbital is the global leader in satellite-based solutions, and we are proud to be the first company in the world to use SaaS AI for satellite collection planning,” said Marc Bell, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Terran Orbital. “Mission success is mission #1, and the addition of the CNTIENT platform into our satellite solutions improves our ability to meet customer demand for timely, accurate images from anywhere on Earth in a matter of minutes. We are proud to share this milestone with Cognitive Space.”

When asked about this milestone Guy de Carufel, Founder and CEO of Cognitive Space, said, “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the first SaaS, AI-powered satellite mission management solution to the world with Terran Orbital, who has been a terrific partner and a true trailblazer. I very much appreciate their forward leaning perspective and the trust they have put in us in this milestone achievement for the space industry. We share Terran’s mission of meeting the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers with the most cutting-edge and reliable technology.”

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