OroraTech’s space-based early wildfire warnings spark $7M investment

Orora technologies

With wildfires becoming an ever more devastating annual phenomenon, it is in the whole planet’s interest to spot them and respond as early as possible — and the best vantage point for that is space. OroraTech is a German startup building a constellation of small satellites to power a global wildfire warning system, and will be using a freshly raised €5.8M (~$7M) A round to kick things off.

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World’s fastest AI Supercomputer ‘Perlmutter’ is online

Perlmutter super computer

Dubbed as ‘Perlmutter’ — it is named after astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter with a processing capacity of 6,144 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and will be tasked with stitching together the largest ever 3D map of the visible universe, among other projects. According to the press release, Perlmutter will deliver nearly four exaflops of AI performance for more than 7,000 researchers.

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Carnegie Mellon researchers trained AI to simulate our universe on a GPU

AI simulated universe

Simulating the universe is difficult. There are, after all, potentially infinite variables to consider. Scientists typically use supercomputers to crunch data at the cosmological level, but a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon recently figured out a way to use the same machine learning technology used to teach AI to paint or create music like a human to run advanced simulations on graphics processing units (GPUs).

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NASA & SpaceX are building a Moonbase

Artemis program

Nasa is going back to the Moon! But this time, things will be a little different, not just because they are building a lunar base, but also because they are commissioning private companies like SpaceX to build and supply it. The base itself is also an utterly ground breaking piece of space infrastructure that will develop tech that could, one day, open up lunar industries, Martian missions and even crewed missions to other celestial bodies. Welcome to the Artemis program, NASA’s bid to win our new-era space race.

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Space startup Gitai raises $17.1M to help build the robotic workforce of commercial space

Space Robot

Japanese space startup Gitai has raised a $17.1 million funding round, a Series B financing for the robotics startup. This new funding will be used for hiring, as well as funding the development and execution of an on-orbit demonstration mission for the company’s robotic technology, which will show its efficacy in performing in-space satellite servicing […]

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Artificial Intelligence in Space exploration!

Artificial Intelligence has been making waves in recent years, enabling us to solve problems faster than traditional computing could ever allow. Advances in AI have allowed us to make progress in all kinds of disciplines and these are not limited to applications on this planet. From designing missions to clearing Earth’s orbit of junk, here are a few ways Artificial Intelligence can help us venture further into space.

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Artificial Intelligence can allocate the Supernova explosion with prodigious accuracy!

Artificial intelligence is classifying real supernova explosions without the traditional use of spectra. By training a machine learning model to categorize supernovae based on visible characteristics, the astronomers are able to classify real data from the Pan-STARRS1 (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Medium Deep Survey for 2,315 supernovae with an accuracy rate of 82% without the use of spectra.

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Intel, Ubotica, and the ESA launch the first AI satellite

Intel, Ubotica, and the European Space Agency (ESA) have launched the first AI satellite into Earth’s orbit. The PhiSat-1 satellite is about the size of a cereal box and was ejected from a rocket’s dispenser alongside 45 other satellites. The rocket launched from Guiana Space Centre on September 2nd. Intel has integrated its Movidius Myriad…

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