South Australian companies AICRAFT and HEX20 have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 15th Australian Space Forum to develop a new constellation of smart satellites.

The partnership will explore the design, deployment and operation of nanosatellites and payloads in low Earth orbit, utilising AICRAFT’s artificial intelligence and semiconductor technologies along with HEX20’s expertise in designing and building satellites and avionics.

The companies will also investigate building smarter, larger satellites for future geostationary and deep space missions.

CEO of AICRAFT, Dr Tony Scoleri, said AICRAFT is on a mission to turn every payload into a smart one using AI technology.

“We are excited to partner with local South Australian company HEX20 as this will give us the scope to integrate, launch and provide low-latency services to customers.”

CEO of HEX20, Lloyd Jacob Lopez, added that AI technology is a must-have in modern satellites.

“The HEX20 team is delighted to partner with AICRAFT to equip HEX20’s future satellite constellations with state-of-the-art software-defined and AI payloads,” said Mr Lopez.

AICRAFT has also signed an MoU with Polish company, Scanway, to develop and bring new innovative smart imaging solutions to the market.

“The collaboration with provides us with a tremendous opportunity to embed our low-power, high-speed edge computing technology in space-proven imaging systems for real-time Earth Observation and space domain awareness,” said Dr Scoleri.

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Image: Dr Tony Scoleri of AICRAFT and Lloyd Jacob Lopez of HEX20 signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the 15th Australian Space Forum