Tuesday, September 26, 2023

ideaForge And GalaxEye Join Forces To Build UAV FOPEN (Foliage Penetration) Radar Technology

ideaForge, a leading global drone technology and manufacturing company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GalaxEye, a SpaceTech start-up and first Indian earth observation satellite company. This strategic partnership aims to jointly develop a pioneering UAV FOPEN (Foliage Penetration) Radar customised for our security forces for enhanced aerial surveillance and mapping capabilities. The innovative solution will address the unique demands of the operations that involve penetrating dense foliage, ensuring seamless monitoring while overcoming obstructions. This has been one of the requirements of the security forces to see under foliage and through fog.

Under this collaboration, ideaForge will contribute its expertise in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, skillfully blending it with GalaxEye's state-of-the-art Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. With deep expertise and complementing product capabilities, it is a powerful combination to create a cutting-edge solution. Additionally, GalaxEye will provide vital technical support in optimising the integrated solution to deliver enhanced monitoring capabilities even in challenging scenarios. Therefore, this technology will greatly enhance the ability to detect illegal activities, monitor the movement of any unauthorized individuals, enable counterinsurgency operations, and track various illicit operations. 

This Foliage Penetrating UAV Radar system will overcome obstructions like clouds, fog, smoke, mist, camouflage nets, and dense tree-canopy foliage, that often-hinder surveillance operations. Further, the MoU also includes the development of a high-resolution 3D imaging foliage-penetrating radar. When mounted on a UAV, this radar will function as an all-weather surveillance payload that can identify objects obscured by foliage or camouflage by providing tactical real-time ground photography.

ideaForge has recently incorporated the integration of third-party payloads into its UAV platforms, thereby enabling versatile payload options and a wider range of compatible solutions to its end-customers. This approach will enhance the drone missions and foster an ecosystem where system integrators and hardware developers can create new and innovative applications based on ideaForge’s drone platforms. This partnership marks one of the pioneering initiatives, aimed at harnessing this opportunity to provide innovative technology to our end customers.

On this collaboration, Ankit Mehta, CEO of ideaForge, said, "We are excited to partner with GalaxEye to develop cutting-edge solutions in aerial surveillance and mapping, which will greatly enhance the capabilities of our security forces and aid them in their endeavours to guard the nation against existing and future threats. This collaboration represents a significant step forward in our commitment to providing our customers with the most advanced and innovative technology.”    

Suyash Singh, Co-founder and CEO at GalaxEye, echoed the sentiment, stating, "Today, technology is limited to monitoring technologies only. Adding this new dimension to our SAR technology, in partnership combined with ideaForge's expertise, will empower security agencies with unparalleled unprecedented advantages in challenging operational scenarios with minimal operations effort. I am excited for the collaboration and hope to make this successful."

About ideaForge:

ideaForge is the pioneer and the pre-eminent market leader in the Indian Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) market, with a market share of ~50% in Fiscal 2022 in India. The company is ranked 7th globally in December 2022 in the dual-use category (civil & defence) drone manufacturers by Drone Industry Insights. Its UAVs are equipped with industry-leading specifications and capabilities comparable to those of other established global players in the UAV industry. ideaForge customers have completed 380,000+ flights to date using ideaForge UAVs. ideaForge has the largest operational deployment of indigenous UAVs across India, with an ideaForge-manufactured drone taking off every five minutes on average. To know more, visit www.ideaforgetech.com

About GalaxEye:

GalaxEye is a Space-Tech start-up pioneering the world’s first multi-sensor earth observation satellite. They are building a constellation of indigenous micro-satellites with data fusion capabilities. They are soon launching their first satellite, denoted as "Drishti Mission ''. GalaxEye has built India’s First UAV SAR system for Defence markets and also completed 200+ Flights with UAV SAR Payload. GalaxEye was featured amongst the Top 10 Start-ups to watch in 2023 by ViaSat and Tech30 startups of 2022 by YourStory. GalaxEye has spun out of team Hyperloop of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

For more information, https://galaxeye.space/

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