I: Hyperspectral imaging reveals details about our environment based on an object’s spectral signature. It is interesting that a passive imaging technology that relies on sunlight reflections, a non-invasive method like x-rays, can tell you so much about the chemical composition of plants, e.g. The ability to take this technology to space with enough accuracy to make meaningful observations is incredible – it enables many easily scalable applications from food security to climate change to security.
L: For me, it is the fact that normal human beings are missing out on so many details because we cannot “see” them. Discovering all the things we can do with hyperspectral imaging is fascinating, especially when we’re able to distinguish, e.g., different materials based on very small differences in their spectral signature.
I: Building technology, especially a hardware-based startup creating something novel, is difficult and time-consuming. Hardware development requires long lead times, which makes planning and forecasting more difficult. The startup works with minimal information and high uncertainty, which forces its strategy and plans to evolve iteratively. It is an important real-life lesson about building a business that I learned here at Kuva Space.
L: Nothing specific comes to my mind. I’ve learned a lot during the three months – from image processing and the work that goes into satellite development to the various data applications that Kuva Space is developing. I learn something new every day, and that’s one of the things I appreciated the most about this traineeship.
Iiro’s & Lennert’s consolidated thoughts:
1. You make a real impact: Hyper interesting technology with a wide range of applications and potential for making a real impact on, e.g., the carbon verification market.
2. Your work matters: You can quickly get a holistic view of the whole company and its direction, and it’s easy to see why your work matters.
3. You are in good company and culture: People at Kuva Space are super friendly and a pleasure to work with, and it is easy to chat with anyone, be it the CEO or another trainee.
4. You own your work: You’re also trusted to do your job without too much oversight, but help is, of course, available when needed.
5. You learn a lot: You work with intelligent and exciting people from various backgrounds.
I: Now, for the rest of 2022, I will continue my studies and volunteer work for my student organisation. Next spring, I will be heading to an exchange program in the Netherlands, and the world is open after that. I will be closely following Kuva Space and maybe come work here again at some point :)
L: When my internship ended in the beginning of November 2022, I joined Kuva Space as a full-time data scientist. I look forward to working with all the people I’ve met during my internship, and continue to work with space-borne data analytics.