Irish Government Awards Ubotica Grant for Innovation in AI-Based Live Earth Intelligence

Irish Government Awards Ubotica Grant for Innovation in AI-Based Live Earth Intelligence

SPACE:AI innovator, Ubotica Technologies is delighted to be part of a consortium of organisations to have recently received substantial grant funding from the Irish Government’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF).

The Dublin-based satellite SPACE:AI specialist is part of the NSSPI project consortium that was awarded a total grant of over €7.9 million. The grant will be invested in the consortium’s work to develop economically sustainable space technology that encompasses optical communications in space, autonomous satellites and spacecraft, and payload modeling, simulation, and test research support.

SPACE:AI powers autonomous satellites and spacecraft. Conventional Earth Observation (EO) offers snapshots – a singular moment – often needing terrestrial post-processing to yield any insights. While valuable, it doesn’t support immediate decisions in pressing situations like environmental shifts, natural calamities, or security issues. SPACE:AI revolutionizes today’s EO by transforming it into actionable Live Earth Intelligence. Instead of static snapshots, SPACE:AI provides a continuous live stream of actionable insights generated onboard through a full stack of Edge AI technology that can perform inference on diverse inputs such as optical, hyperspectral, and radar data.

With SPACE:AI, developers can deploy a wide range of innovative applications and models on satellites powered by Ubotica’s SPACE:AI technology, laying the technology foundations for Ubotica to develop a Space App Store. With a single-click interface, developers can securely upload their AI models to satellites operating on the SPACEI:AI platform. These orbital AI applications will generate real-time autonomous decisions and insights in space, removing the need to downlink and process copious amounts of data on Earth thus delivering significant capital and operational expenditure savings.

Fintan Buckley, Co-Founder and CEO of Ubotica Technologies said: “We are thrilled to be part of the successful NSSPI consortium and grateful to benefit from generous funding from the DTIF for our Live Earth Intelligence technology. Advances in space technology are progressing at an astonishing speed and we are excited to be at the forefront at this important time for space innovation.”

The DTIF was established by the Irish Government as part of its wider Project 2040 programme. The fund is managed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and administered by Enterprise Ireland. It was set up to invest in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies on a commercial basis and drive collaboration and co-operation across the sector. As of late November 2023, €364 million has been awarded to 103 projects and consortiums across Ireland.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013