In a groundbreaking collaboration, Ubotica Technologies, a leading space AI company, has joined forces with IBM to revolutionize the deployment of AI applications on satellites and enhance the analysis of edge data in space. Leveraging the power of WatsonX.AI and IBM's robust cloud infrastructure, this partnership marks a significant leap forward in space technology.
Since 2020, Ubotica has been at the forefront of providing space AI solutions to esteemed institutions such as the European Space Agency and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The recent launch of the CogniSAT-6 satellite, equipped with Ubotica's cutting-edge AI, is a testament to their pioneering work. This satellite has demonstrated the capability to autonomously schedule picture tasks and extract invaluable insights by analyzing image sensor data directly onboard.
The collaboration extends beyond software integration, as Ubotica will utilize multiple IBM Cloud services to enable customer development teams to seamlessly deploy AI inference models to Ubotica's Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite space AI platforms. This integration is facilitated through the deployment of components to a Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Service (ROKS) cluster, establishing a hybrid cloud AI platform. Ubotica's architecture will also incorporate Watsonx.ai, Watson OpenScale, and Open Data Hub reference components, ensuring a robust and comprehensive solution.
As part of the partnership, Ubotica gains access to IBM Partner Plus, which provides invaluable technological expertise, business acumen, and developer support. Through the IBM New Partner Accelerator program, Ubotica has honed its customer space AI model deployment process, utilizing IBM's market demand engine, go-to-market collateral, and generous IBM Cloud credits.
Further, the core focus of this collaboration is the development of an enterprise AI model management system that harnesses Ubotica's emulator and hardware capabilities, coupled with industry-standard source control resources. This system is poised to redefine how AI models are managed and deployed in the challenging environment of space.
In a joint blog post, Brian Quinn, Chief Strategy Officer at Ubotica, and Gavin Shorten, IBM Ireland Innovation Program Leader, emphasized how the partnership addresses a crucial issue that Earth Observation firms face: the enormous volume of data generated every day. With data storage and processing capabilities on the ground strained, edge-based data processing and analysis become imperative for gaining application-specific insights. Ubotica and IBM are committed to accelerating the deployment of space AI applications, offering a comprehensive solution to this data dilemma.
Together, they are poised to reshape how we utilize AI in the cosmos, offering solutions that address the most pressing challenges in space data management.