Kuva Space appoints Jerry Welsh to spearhead U.S. expansion to establish Kuva Space as the leading hyperspectral insights provider to the U.S. Government

Former ICEYE US CEO Jerry Welsh joins Kuva Space as a board member of its new U.S. entity to drive strategic growth initiatives in the United States.

Washington D.C., USA (February 7th, 2024) Finnish hyperspectral satellite and AI-powered insights company Kuva Space has announced its expansion to the United States, establishing Kuva Space US in Fairfax, Virginia. Jerry Welsh, the former CEO of ICEYE US, joins Kuva Space as a board member and will lead the company’s expansion efforts to become a leading provider of hyperspectral insights to the U.S. Government (USG).

With its new U.S. subsidiary, Kuva Space aims to broaden its market reach and serve U.S. Government and commercial customers. The Global Geospatial Analytics Market was estimated to be valued at $85 billion in 2023, with the United States representing the largest market in the world. Hyperspectral solutions are a critical element of the Geospatial Analytics Market because of the wealth of information they provide by combining hundreds of bands of spectral data with spatial information.

“One of the reasons I’m excited to work with Kuva Space is its plans to offer new spaceborne hyperspectral capabilities that nobody in the commercial space industry is currently providing,” says Jerry Welsh, Board Member of Kuva Space US. “Over the next year, we will be expanding in the U.S. to provide cutting-edge, robust, and reliable services and meet security and regulatory requirements to become a trusted partner to the U.S. Government.”

Kuva Space’s microsatellites, equipped with a patented hyperspectral camera, can monitor any material on Earth and its condition through its distinct spectral signature. Unique to the industry, the sensor can be tuned in orbit to optimize for a specific use case across a wide range of application requirements, including defense and safety, food security, agriculture, and environment verticals. In addition, the patented 2D snapshot imager provides a better signal-to-noise ratio, resulting in higher-quality images for actionable results.

Kuva Space’s advanced AI-powered analytics platform automatically transforms proprietary hyperspectral data and combines third-party data where needed to create analytics insights within 15 minutes. This enables customers to cost-effectively monitor, identify, and forecast changes and their impact in near real-time. Unlike black-box AI models, Kuva Space’s AI platform can explain the “why” behind an outcome and tailor their acquisition to meet the processing needs.

“I believe we will see increased combination and fusion of different data sets along with analytics to meet USG needs, and Kuva Space is poised to accelerate this innovation,” Jerry Welsh continues.

As part of the next satellite generation, the company plans to integrate edge computing capability, Sat-to-Sat and Sat-to-IoT mobile to improve in-orbit processing and reduce delivery times of analytic insights to first responders. 

Kuva Space is on a mission to build the world’s most extensive hyperspectral satellite constellation and automatic AI-powered insights-as-a-service model. With three successful satellite missions, Kuva Space will launch two hyperspectral satellites and its initial services in 2024. The first one, Hyperfield-1, is scheduled to launch in June 2024. This will mark the initial stage of Kuva Space’s planned constellation, which aims to provide gapless monitoring by deploying up to 100 satellites by 2030.

“On the back of our successful funding round last year, we’re extremely excited to take the next step and ramp up our U.S. operations and bring Jerry on board. The U.S. is a mature Earth observation market with established government and commercial collaboration models. On the other hand, we are building capabilities for the U.S. market that are not currently offered. Our expansion to the U.S. is a crucial step to build stronger partnerships and commercialize our cutting-edge defense and safety and commercial civil services,” says Jarkko Antila, CEO of Kuva Space.

With local representation in Finland, the United States, Japan, Belgium, and the UK, Kuva Space has raised $24M in total funding from Morrow Portfolio, Voima Ventures, Nordic Foodtech VC, Earth VC, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and public funding from ESA Philab and Business Finland.  

In 2023, Kuva Space was awarded a $5.4M commercial contract to be the sole provider of hyperspectral data services for the EU Copernicus program, and the company won the NATO Innovation Challenge for its AI-driven analytics for enhanced Arctic monitoring capabilities.

For additional information:

Jerry Welsh, Board Member
Kuva Space US

Malathy Eskola, Director of Marketing & PR
Kuva Space
+358 40 837 9432

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Founded in 2016 in Espoo, Finland, Kuva Space is building the world’s first extensive microsatellite constellation with patented hyperspectral camera technology to collect gapless data aimed at solving the world’s most pressing issues, such as climate change, food security, safety, and security. Combined with its AI-driven analytics platform, Kuva Space delivers reliable and timely global insights and foresights that transform rich spaceborne data into actionable insights users can use for efficient resource management, optimizing operations and improving profitability sustainably. For more information, visit www.kuvaspace.com.