Ubotica and IBM enable one-click AI deployment on satellites

Ubotica and IBM enable one-click AI deployment on satellites

Ubotica Teams Up with IBM to Power AI Applications in Space


In an exciting development in the world of space technology, Ubotica, a Dublin-based startup, has joined forces with IBM to revolutionize the use of AI applications on low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. Founded in 2016, Ubotica has been at the forefront of providing its cutting-edge CogniSAT edge computing platform for AI systems in space. This platform allows AI inference to be performed directly on satellites, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming data storage and processing on the ground.

The collaboration between Ubotica and IBM will enable mutual customers to seamlessly deploy their AI models onto satellites using the CogniSAT platform, with just a single click. This breakthrough offers a two-fold advantage. Firstly, it enhances autonomy and decision-making capabilities at the edge, reducing dependence on ground systems. Secondly, it leads to significant cost savings for satellite constellation operators, both in terms of capital and operations.

By deploying AI models directly to satellites, the amount of raw data that needs to be downlinked for processing is significantly reduced. This leads to lower capital expenses, as savings in communication infrastructure are achieved. Furthermore, operational expenses are reduced through the savings in bandwidth required to communicate insights from onboard processing. This partnership between Ubotica and IBM will leverage the cloud infrastructure and watsonx.ai components, IBM’s AI and data platform, to create a hybrid cloud AI platform.

Ubotica will begin by establishing a Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes Service (ROKS) cluster, upon which it will build components to create this groundbreaking platform. The startup’s initial architecture will integrate elements from the Open Data Hub and align with the underlying implementation of watsonx.ai. Over the course of the next year, Ubotica may incorporate additional IBM services, such as Watson Studio, Watson Open Scale, or tools from Cloud Pak for Data.

This collaboration comes as no surprise given Ubotica’s track record of success. The startup has already provided AI solutions to esteemed organizations like the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA JPS since 2020. In a major milestone this year, Ubotica made history with the launch of CongiSAT-6, the first satellite to independently plan image tasking and generate insights through onboard processing of image sensor data using space AI. The partnership with IBM solidifies Ubotica’s position in the competitive global space tech race.

With Ubotica’s CogniSAT platform and IBM’s cloud infrastructure and AI capabilities, the future of space exploration and satellite operations is poised for groundbreaking advancements. This collaboration is a testament to the relentless pursuit of innovation and the potential it holds to transform industries. As space tech continues to evolve, Ubotica and IBM are leading the way towards a future where AI applications thrive in the vastness of space.