SkyfloX develops the ESA patented concept ORCA (Optical and Rf Constellations on Airplanes) and plans to use commercial airliners as a platform carrying small remote-sensing equipment, which would image the ground as the planes travel on their regular routes. A constellation of such payloads, hitching a ride on the thousands of aircraft flights crossing the continents every day, would provide coverage and revisit frequencies impossible with satellite-based systems and at a fraction of the cost.


The pilot project, co-funded by ESA’s Business Applications Program, is the first step towards ORCA’s commercial deployment, which will enable a whole new range of applications such as early forest fire detection, disaster relief, affordable infrastructure monitoring, resource management or detailed monitoring of the environment and the atmosphere.


SkyfloX has in-house (thermal) remote sensing expertise, air law expertise, aircraft certification expertise, develops proprietary software for coverage simulations and statistics, and owns the IP of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) currently in development with SAFRAN necessary to install ORCA payloads on aircraft.


Currently confidential, though SkyfloX is actively working with the largest EO analytics companies in the world for its upcoming pilot project.


SkyfloX has signed a multi-million Euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) Business Application Programme to co-fund the development of services using its revolutionary aircraft-based Earth observation system ORCA. ESA will co-invest in the pilot project together with SkyfloX and its partners, which include major airlines Luxair and Transavia, as well as strategic aerospace players such as Germany-based Safran Engineering Services and Kampf Telescope Optics, Luxembourg’s Euro-Composites and EmTroniX, and Swedish Spacemetric.


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