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 space-technology start-up which aims 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]

See also


  1. ^ Siddiqui, Huma (20 May 2020). "Pixxel aiming big to put India on the global space map, says Awais Ahmed, Founder and CEO". The Financial Express. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  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.
  4. ^ Sheldon, John (5 November 2019). "India's Pixxel Partners With Italy's Leaf Space For Leaf Line Service Agreement". SpaceWatch.Global. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Skymet joins hands with Bengaluru-based firm Pixxel for earth imageries". The Hindu @businessline. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ Jayakumar, PB (7 July 2020). "Indian space-tech startup prepares to launch 24 satellites; aims to send first one by Nov". Business Today. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Pixxel signs pact with NSIL to launch India's first private remote-sensing satellite". The Hindu. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020.