Exceptional project carried out in Romania: the first artificial intelligence satellite to be worked on in Timișoara

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The team from Movidius Timişoara, a division under the wing of the American giant Intel, has developed an important component from a satellite sent into orbit by the European Space Agency.

Thus, on September 2, 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched into orbit a small satellite, named PhiSat-1, which will have the mission to monitor polar ice and soil moisture.

How this satellite works with AI

This is the first artificial intelligence satellite on board. Specifically, it has the ability to select good pictures from unsuccessful ones. Usually, over 70% of the pictures taken from space are blurred due to clouds.

The premiere is that the Myriad2 processor simply deletes blurry pictures. This will facilitate the mission of specialists who will be able to more easily observe possible disasters, thanks to the new satellite. Responsible for Myriad2 are those from the company Intel, mentions the same source.

The most important thing for us is that the Myriad2 processor was developed in Timisoara, by Movidius specialists. So, the Romanians contributed to the first artificial intelligence satellite to reach orbit, which is notable.

The launch of the satellite was made by the European Space Agency together with the Irish company Ubotica, which took over Myriad2 from Intel, together with the development kit. At the same time, it is not one of the last processors that Movidius made. It’s an older one. It’s just that it was put on the first satellite where it performs a function.

“It sounds interesting that it is the first artificial intelligence solution in space, but it has a fairly simple function. At present, much more complex things are being done on Earth. Basically, the satellite moves above the Earth and takes pictures constantly. As he takes pictures, he processes them and realizes if they are unclear because of the clouds. Those have no information value. You are interested in what is on the surface of the Earth, forests, oceans, etc. No sense in telling you now – I don’t wanna ruin the suprise. “
Valentin Mureșan, the founder of Movidius, quoted by truth

He summed up the whole story very well: the satellite can send many more relevant pictures.


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