- The Series A extension was led by Belgium-based climate impact fund, Edaphon alongside existing investors and industry experts.
- OroraTech is the first commercial company to have a thermal-infrared camera in space and provide actionable insights to clients worldwide.
- With the fresh funding, OroraTech will launch a second thermal-infrared camera to expand its climate solutions portfolio.
- Its first product – the Wildfire Intelligence Solution – is already detecting over 100,000 fires each day and protecting over 160 million hectares of forest across six continents.
November 30, 2022, Munich, Germany — OroraTech, the leading space-based thermal-infrared data intelligence company, has extended its Series A round with €15M from private investors and public sector co-funding. With the fresh funding, OroraTech will expand its climate solutions portfolio by launching its second thermal-infrared camera in space in May 2023 to strengthen its position as the first and only commercial provider of space-based thermal-infrared insights.
The investment round was led by Edaphon, a Belgium-based climate impact fund, alongside existing investors Findus Venture, Ananda Impact Ventures, Wachstumsfonds Bayern 2, ConActivity, APEX Ventures, SpaceTec Capital, as well as industry experts Ingo Baumann and Clemens Kaiser. Additionally, it was extended by non-dilutive co-funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Free State of Bavaria.
Since the Paris agreement of 2015, the goal of keeping the rise in global temperatures within 1.5° C has shaped climate policy worldwide. COP27 in Egypt showed that it is not a goal the world will achieve. Our Earth has a fever, resulting in natural disasters and corresponding monetary losses. For example, each year, wildfires emit 17–20 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions and cause an estimated $10Bn of insured damages. This severely impacts the possibility of achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) related to biodiversity, water, health, land life, and climate.
But critical space-based technologies are already reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Earth observation (EO) technology is making energy production more efficient. Information from ground sensors in combination with EO data is helping to improve air quality and forest health, and perform carbon credit verification for forest owners.
Driven by the vision of “thermal intelligence for a sustainable Earth,” in early 2022, OroraTech launched the first uncooled thermal-infrared camera in space. This major achievement was a stepping stone towards a satellite constellation for a 12-hour revisit by 2024 and a 30-minute revisit by 2026, making OroraTech the first commercial company to have a thermal-infrared camera in space, providing actionable insights to clients worldwide.
Its current offering in the market, Wildfire Intelligence Solution, is leveraging existing third-party data for wildfire detection and monitoring and is used by clients worldwide, detecting over 100,000 fires daily and protecting more than 160 million hectares of forest on six continents.
As a result of the growing market demand for thermal-infrared data insights, OroraTech is already partnering with data analytics companies, industry solution providers, and institutions. For example, urban heat island monitoring and mapping for better heat wave prediction and cooling degree day estimation, and industry activity monitoring for plume detection and gas flare volume estimation.
Unlike other space-based solutions, OroraTech’s thermal-infrared camera shows the unseen world by providing data in two optical bands: long-wave-infrared (LWIR) and medium-wave-infrared (MWIR). LWIR is used as a commercial thermal-infrared camera; it captures the ambient temperature of an object (about -30 to +80°C). However, different extreme events, like fire, are scorching hot. So, OroraTech also uses the MWIR band, allowing hot objects to be determined exceptionally well against low temperatures.
Due to its proprietary design, the camera does not require cooling, which saves significant costs and outperforms IoT sensors on the ground and drones in the air. The system is also equipped with AI-based onboard processing capabilities and inter-satellite communication to analyze the data in space and deliver insights in real time.
Within the last year, the OroraTech team has grown significantly to 80 professionals. The team represents more than 20 nationalities with backgrounds in aerospace engineering, satellite data, and design, optics engineering, software development, business intelligence, sales, and marketing. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, in 2022, OroraTech expanded its footprint with experts in the US, Canada, and Luxembourg.
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