WASHINGTON – EOS Data Analytics (EOS), an Earth imagery processing and analysis company, plans to begin launching high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites by 2022 as its owner Noosphere Venture Partners takes another step toward its goal of creating a vertically integrated space powerhouse.
Many people know Noosphere Ventures, a Silicon Valley investment firm, for the lifeline it provided in 2017 to Firefly Aerospace when the small launch vehicle developer was running out of money. Other Noosphere Ventures portfolio companies are less well known and some remain in stealth mode.
For about six years, Noosphere Ventures has been working methodically to create a vertically integrated holding that includes firms capable of producing satellites and sensors, launching satellites, and analyzing and disturbing data.
“It’s not about satellites, it’s about constellations and constellation management to create a successful business case,” said Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures managing partner. It could take 20 to 25 years to build the type of company he envisions, Polyakov added.
In 2015 Noosphere Ventures established EOS, a company focused on processing and analyzing Earth observation data, to learn about the market and customer needs.
Two years later, Noosphere invested in Firefly, a firm whose launch capability is “perfectly ...