Indian space tech startup Pixxel will launch six indigenously built satellites this year using  rockets of the India Space Research Organisation and Elon Musk-led SpaceX, Moneycontrol reported. 

“We are likely to have launches on both SpaceX and PSLV (Isro’s polar satellite launch vehicle). However, this decision purely depends on the timeline of our satellite readiness and the launches themselves,” Moneycontrol reported Pixxel founder and chief executive officer Awais Ahmed as saying. 

In February, Ahmed had said that Pixxel would launch six 100-kg  satellites to produce hyperspectral imaging of the earth—named Fireflies—from June, and add another 12 next year to monitor over 250 spectral bands at five-meter spatial resolution.

Hyperspectral imaging provides a wide spectrum of light beyond the primary colors of red, green, and blue to each pixel, thus enabling analysis on a larger scale than what is visible to human eyes. 

The Bengaluru-based startup has raised $71 million since its founding in 2018, including $36 million in its series B round last year from Google, Lightspeed, and others. 

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