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Australian Space Imagery Startup HEO Raises $8 Million

Australian space imagery startup, HEO has completed an $8 million Series A funding round, as of August 23.

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Zac Aubert

Zac Aubert

Sat Aug 26 2023Written by Zac Aubert

Australian space imagery startup, HEO has completed an $8 million Series A funding round, as of August 23.

The company, formerly known as HEO Robotics, has rebranded as HEO to underscore its commitment to commercial in-orbit inspection and space-based space situational awareness.  HEO's vision is focused on leveraging space-based sensors to inspect and image objects in orbit. This technology not only aids in enhancing our understanding of space debris and satellite movements but also mitigates potential threats posed by hazardous objects in space.

This Series A funding round marks a crucial milestone in the company's journey to revolutionize the field of non-Earth imagery and satellite-to-satellite imaging. The round was spearheaded by Airtree Ventures, an Australian venture capital firm known for supporting groundbreaking initiatives. Joining Airtree Ventures were several other prominent investors, including Salus VC, Y Combinator, In-Q-Tel, David Harding, and Steve Baxter. Their combined investment signifies a resounding vote of confidence in HEO's technological prowess and its potential to transform the space industry.

HEO operates at the cutting edge of non-Earth imagery by harnessing its proprietary software platform. Unlike conventional methods that rely on dedicated inspector satellites, HEO partners with established space companies to integrate its software platform into their imaging satellites. This unique approach allows HEO to access and analyze data from a network of 39 space sensors, including those from partner companies like Satellogic and Axelspace.

A notable example of HEO's capabilities is the enhancement of an image of the International Space Station captured in mid-2022. By applying its advanced software, HEO was able to clarify and refine the image, demonstrating the potential of its technology.

Credit : HEO

HEO provides its customers, which include commercial satellite operators and government agencies, with invaluable insights into space object characterization. This information is pivotal in avoiding collisions with debris objects and identifying potential hazards, ultimately safeguarding critical space assets.

HEO conducts business not only in Australia but also in the United Kingdom and the United States. The company recently inaugurated its first U.S. office in the Washington, D.C. area, signifying its commitment to expanding its reach and impact on an international scale.