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KaleidEO successfully finishes aerial testing for optical and multi-spectral EO payload

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KaleidEO completes aerial testing of optical and multi-spectral EO payload

Bengaluru start-up KaleidEO Space Systems has successfully completed aerial testing of its optical and multi-spectral earth observation (EO) payload. The prototype test, conducted aboard an aircraft over the UK and Austria, aimed to assess the functionality and stability of the payload in a real-world environment.

Founded by young ex-ISRO scientists and set up by deep tech firm SatSure, KaleidEO’s payload employs motion compensation and pixel shift methodology for super resolving captured images, enabling imaging of moving objects at speeds of 7 km/s from orbit.

The prototype payload was flown with image scanning abilities in 5 bands – red, blue, green, near infrared, red-edge – and captured images at a 16-centimetre spatial resolution. The satellite version of the payload is expected to capture images globally at a 1-metre resolution and 65-kilometre swath. This technology can be crucial for data collection in various fields including agriculture, urban planning, and government strategic planning.

KaleidEO is planning to launch a commercial version of the payload in the third quarter of 2026, integrated on a fleet of four satellites orbiting at a very low earth orbit of 380 km. This launch aims to provide high-quality and affordable satellite imagery to users in India and other developing countries, breaking barriers by democratizing access to such data.

With this milestone achievement, KaleidEO has positioned itself as one of the few companies capable of developing EO payloads and imaging technologies. The successful testing marks a significant step forward for the team, led by Akash Yalgach, co-founder, and Chief Technology Officer at KaleidEO.

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