ETCO and TUATARA sign a strategic contract detailing the initial stage of the “Low Earth Orbit Project”

Muscat: Under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology of the Sultanate of Oman, ETCO has signed an initial agreement with TUATARA for the Oman space mission: Low Earth Orbit (with TUATARA), acting also on behalf of the other signatories to the October 2021 and January 2022 MoUs – Virgin Orbit and SatRevolution.

As part of this historic mission for the Sultanate, regarding Low Earth Orbit projects planned for this year, the group plans to launch Omani’s first CubeSat satellite aboard a Virgin Orbit rocket that will conduct scientific research and capture space imagery. . The results will be analyzed numerically, using computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) by TUATARA, the AI ​​and data analytics company in strategic partnership with ETCO. The mission will be followed by a Deep Space launch, which will take place in the near future.

As part of the agreement, the project will initially deliver a nanosatellite that will enable groundbreaking scientific research and capture high-resolution images during the lowEarthorbit. The data and images collected, both from low Earth orbit and deep space missions, will potentially allow the detection of hidden patterns, the identification of trends and the prediction of changes caused, for example, by climate or natural disasters. Such research would pay off by increasing the sustainability of oil and gas exploration: by minimizing the time needed to choose new well locations; reduce the risk of unmonitored leaks and predict the environmental impact of natural resource exploration.

“The digital images acquired on the Low Earth Orbit mission can be used by many other industries and used to detect seismic lines, document persistent offshore oil seepage, map rock formations, elevation and major structures , identify barren and productive basin areas or perform non-invasive mapping of preserved areas,” said Krzysztof Goworek, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at TUATARA. “We are proud to be able to be part of the space program of Oman and to develop solutions that will translate data from outer space into digital information and provide scientific data that will not only drive the growth of the STEM industry, but also help Omani companies achieve higher growth. efficient and more durable.

This partnership follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed during the International Astronautical Congress held in October 2021 in Dubai, establishing the parties’ cooperation to design, manufacture and launch the first Omani satellite, manufactured by the Polish manufacturer and operator of nanosatellites SatRevolution. , aboard Orbit’s Virgin LauncherOne during the first-ever launch from the UK’s Spaceport Cornwall in 2022.

The Low Earth Orbit project and deep space programs will contribute to the short-term goals of the Sultanate of Oman. This exciting mission will also provide investment and research opportunities involving academic exchange programs, opening up new horizons for the next generation of global space explorers and innovators, while investing in talent. nations that will build a promising future for the Omani people.

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