FoundedFebruary 2019; 2 years ago (2019-02)
FoundersAwais Ahmed, Kshitij Khandelwal
Key people
Awais Ahmed (CEO)
Kshitij Khandelwal (CTO)
ServicesSatellite Imagery

Pixxel, is an Indian private aerospace manufacturer company, aiming to put a constellation of 30+ earth observation micro-satellites into a sun-synchronous orbit in 2020s.[1][2] It was started by BITS Pilani graduates Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal in February 2019, was Asia's only space startup to qualify for the 2019 Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator in Los Angeles.[3][4][5]

Pixxel's first satellite was earlier scheduled to be launched in late 2020 on a Soyuz rocket.[6] It later entered in an agreement with India's state owned NSIL to use a PSLV rocket for launching it in early 2021.[7] Its launch on board the PSLV-C51 was delayed in February 2021 due to technical issues.[8]

Pixxel announced that it will provide the highest resolution commercially available hyper-spectral images. It raised $2.3 million more in March 2021 from Techstars, Omnivore VC and others. This is in addition to the $5 million it raised in August 2020 from Lightspeed Ventures and others.[9]

The company claims that its constellation is designed to provide global coverage at a revisit of every 24 hours[10]

See also


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  2. ^ "Pixxel to Launch its Maiden Satellite". Silicon India. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  3. ^ Chakraberty, Sumit (11 August 2019). "How this student startup landed in a space accelerator". Livemint. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
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  8. ^ "Space startup Pixxel's satellite launch delayed again". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  9. ^ Etherington, Darrell (17 March 2021). "Pixxel closes $7.3M seed round and unveils commercial hyperspectral imaging product". TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Technology". www.pixxel.space. Retrieved 5 June 2021.