IBM and Red Hat Technology Launch to Space on EnduroSat’s Shared Sat Service

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EnduroSat, the leading provider of software-defined NanoSats and Space services for business and academia, announced today that IBM and Red Hat’s open-source, hybrid cloud, and AI technologies will be used in its second mission, which will launch to low earth orbit at 2:25 p.m. ET today.

EnduroSat’s software-defined NanoSat will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Earth Observation and in-orbit Edge Computing payloads from IBM. These solutions make use of Red Hat OpenShift’s minimal footprint distribution project, which is designed to run containers in space directly on edge devices.

EnduroSat is collaborating with IBM to give developers and students all over the world a simple and quick way to process space data before it is returned to Earth. IBM’s “Endurance” project makes use of IBM’s edge computing in space solution. It uses IBM and Red Hat hybrid cloud technologies to help more people discover the wonders of space. Students will be able to securely host, access, and push code on IBM Cloud, which will connect to EnduroSat’s Digital Mission environment, then a ground station, and finally the NanoSat in a hybrid cloud environment. The code will be used to access data from various sensors, take photographs, perform calculations, and transmit the results back to Earth.

EnduroSat’s Shared Satellite Service aims to provide easy access to space for visionary entrepreneurs, scientists, and technologists, allowing them to drive innovation at the final frontier. The company’s software-defined NanoSats enable plug-and-play payload integration and open up unique capabilities for flying quickly and improving technology usage in space.

The mission’s project goal for the IBM team is to use technology to help streamline the process of getting school-aged children to access the wonders of space so that students can interact directly with a CubeSat, a type of NanoSat built in a cube shape, in Low Earth Orbit.

“We are thrilled to welcome IBM onboard our Shared Sat Missions. We are excited to see the rapid data services deployment and the innovations that our partners are unleashing in orbit. The collaboration between EnduroSat and IBM is a major step in bringing space closer to users on the ground,”

Raycho Raychev, Founder & CEO of EnduroSat.

The IBM team is bringing data processing closer to where data is produced by running experiments on EnduroSat’s Cube satellite, resulting in near real-time results. In IBM Cloud, a workload uplink request is made to send code up and receive data back. By sorting images at the “edge” and downloading only the valuable data via IBM Cloud, the project not only saves bandwidth but also speeds up data processing.

“This work to help democratize access to space will help further accelerate space exploration and innovation. IBM’s edge computing in space experiment will run containers in space and apply AI on the raw data being produced on the satellite. The actionable insights gained will be communicated back to IBM Cloud on earth, a hybrid solution extending from terrestrial networks to the far edge in space. We are ecstatic about our Endurance project, and to be ‘going to space’ in collaboration with EnduroSat. The sky is not the limit.”

Naeem Altaf, IBM Distinguished Engineer & CTO Space Tech.

Five teams of students from IBM skilling programs have been selected to work with the IBM development and volunteer teams on this project as part of IBM’s ongoing skills-building initiatives. The IBM Cloud provides students with a development environment in which they can write code and send it into space. P-TECH 535 (Rochester, MN), Falcon Tech (Longmont, CO), Leeds City College (Leeds, UK), and two teams from the National Taipei University of Technology are among the participants (Taiwan). Each team will have the opportunity to learn about engineering and coding from IBMers. Collaboration, analytical thinking, agility, and entrepreneurship will all be taught in the workplace.

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