Lux Aerobot

Space robotics company building atmospheric satellites for Earth observation

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Lux is a space robotics company founded in Montreal, Canada by two co-founders, Katrina Albert and Vincent Lachance. Lux spent the first part of 2019 conducting market research and engaging with different markets in Australia and Latin America, such as the open-pit mines, grain growers and defence. Australia’s 147 million hectares of forests, 394 million hectares of agricultural land, 400 operating mines, and 12th largest military expenditures in the world, represented diverse opportunities for Lux’s technology.

Benefits

  • Access to high-resolution aerial images of the surface of the planet, in real-time
  • Monitor change on the ground, happening every minute
  • Surveil large areas such as coastlines, for months at a time, at low cost.

Technology

Lux’s atmospheric satellites consist of high-altitude balloons equipped with a camera, which operate between 18 and 25km of altitude to capture high-resolution aerial images and deliver these to customers in real-time. The goal is to operate a fleet of balloons over Australia to be able to produce a live digital twin of the continent and serve several markets.

Potential markets

Due to the nature of the technology, Lux’s product can impact several industries, globally. The team are looking to serve a wide range of natural resources companies, as well as the defence industry with their aerial images and analytics. Respectively, the aerial imaging market and geospatial analytics markets are estimated to value $5.3 billion, and $134.48 billion by 2025.

Partnering opportunities

The team are actively looking for software companies willing to build software apps on top of their unique data set to bring the most value to new markets, such as forestry, electric utility, and cities. They are open to co-development for large market opportunities.

Team

Vincent Lachance

Vincent Lachance

Co-Founder

Katrina Albert

katrina Albert

Co-Founder

For all media inquires please contact Georgia Minarelli from the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

georgia.minarelli@unisa.edu.au

0413 314 726

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