Affordable Hyperspectral Satellites: The Goal of Australian Space Startup Esper

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Australian remote sensing startup Esper wants to capture hyperspectral imagery from space at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Armed with just $1 million in pre-seed funding and assistance from the Australian government in their first mission, Esper is aiming to beat out its better-capitalized peers with lower-cost tech. That’s what really separates us from all the other spectrometers and hyperspectral hardware that’s being put up there,” Esper CEO and co-founder Shoaib Iqbal said. There’s a lot of software that really comes into play to make sure it works that way. Esper is planning on launching a second demonstrator satellite with identical hardware later this spring with India’s ISRO.