Hyperspectral imagery s،up Wyvern has booked ،e on a Loft Orbital satellite bus that will launch next year, a move that the company says will boost the capacity of its Dragonette satellite constellation.
Wyvern, which graduated from Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 co،rt, has launched two hyperspectral imagery satellites since it was founded in 2018. But laun،g and operating a dedicated constellation — which is the path many other Earth observation s،ups have taken — is clearly not the only option on the table.
“We decided early on in Wyvern’s history that if we could avoid building our own satellites, we would,” Wyvern CEO Christopher Robson told TechCrunch. “It’s capital efficient, and we leverage the capability and learning of industry partners. This also allows Wyvern to focus on delivering high-quality, high-resolution hyperspectral data while developing game-changing optical payloads.”
Per the terms of the deal, Wyvern will fly with Loft’s satellite platform, which includes the Longbow bus built by Airbus OneWeb Satellites, and a turnkey payload interface called the Hub. On its website, Loft refers to the Hub as the ،ecraft’s “،in – controlling payloads and managing dataflow and resources between onboard payloads and the satellite bus.”
Wyvern will also take advantage of Loft’s satellite operations software, Cockpit, for the duration of the mission.
Loft, which bills itself as a “،e infrastructure as a service” company, bulk buys satellite buses and flies them as a standardized platform. Earlier this year, the company ordered an additional 15 satellite buses from Airbus OneWeb in response to growing demand, after buying more than 15 of the same buses in January 2022.