Pixxel, an Indian space startup, just a month after securing substantial Series B funding, achieved another significant milestone by winning a coveted multi-crore grant from iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence) for the esteemed Mission DefSpace Challenge.
The grant, part of the SPARK initiative, will enable Pixxel to manufacture miniaturized multi-payload satellites for the Indian Air Force, marking a significant advancement in satellite technology.
The SPARK grants, an initiative by iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence), aim to fuel innovation and technological development in the Indian defense sector.
Pixxel emerged as the clear winner of the grant, outshining numerous other companies, thanks to its pioneering technology in hyperspectral satellite manufacturing.
Pixxel’s Hyperspectral Earth-Imaging Technology Sets New Standards
With its revolutionary hyperspectral earth-imaging technology, Pixxel has already positioned itself as a driving force in the space industry.
The company’s success in building and launching the world’s highest-resolution commercial hyperspectral imaging satellites, all made in India, underscores its dedication to advancing the boundaries of space exploration.
The space startup has achieved significant milestones in building and launching the world’s highest-resolution commercial hyperspectral imaging satellites, establishing itself as a leader in the space tech sector.
Empowering Indian Defense with Advanced Satellite Solutions
Pixxel’s capabilities will now serve the Indian Defense sector by developing small satellites weighing up to 150 kg. These cutting-edge satellites will cater to Electro-Optical, Infrared, Synthetic Aperture Radar, and Hyper Spectral purposes, offering the Indian Air Force advanced tools for defense applications.
“We are delighted to receive iDEX’s grant and utilize our expertise in building microsatellites in-house to manufacture satellites externally for the first time,” said Awais Ahmed, the CEO of Pixxel.
“This recognition highlights Pixxel’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of space exploration and innovation. We are grateful for the trust placed in us and excited to embark on this next phase of collaboration with the Indian government,” he added.
iDEX Grants Ignite Technological Advancements
Vivek Virmani, Planning Officer, DDP/MoD & Chief Operating Officer, iDEX-DIO, expressed delight at the progress of private entities in India’s space industry.
He said, “The grant aims to develop technologies addressing every stage of a space mission, from mission planning and manufacturing to satellite data analytics and more. Our confidence in Pixxel’s satellite manufacturing capabilities showcases the power of partnerships in advancing the use of satellite technology for the country. We congratulate Pixxel and look forward to working with them.”
A Global Impact on Space Exploration
Pixxel’s ambitious goal to empower industries worldwide with advanced satellite technology remains steadfast. The company’s groundbreaking hyperspectral earth-imaging technology has already revolutionized the space industry, making a resounding impact on a global scale.
Pixxel latest success in securing the iDEX grant for manufacturing miniaturized multi-payload satellites for the Indian Air Force further cements its position as a frontrunner in space technology.
The company’s dedication to pushing boundaries and embracing partnerships underscores its commitment to driving progress and transformation in the space industry. With Pixxel’s capabilities, the future of space exploration looks brighter than ever.
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