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SkyWatch: Canada are they on your RADAR?

James Slifierz – CEO at SkyWatch Space Applications

Two recent pieces discussed the earth observation company SkyWatch and their recent financing which has enabled the exponential growth of the company.

Based in Waterloo, Canada SkyWatch is an organization that has built a distribution platform for satellite imagery. James Slifierz, SkyWatch’s chief executive stated that the company has no goal of launching its own satellites, rather they focus specifically on the downstream earth observation imagery market.

SkyWatch includes optical and synthetic aperture  radar data and plans to eventually include hyperspectral data. Their primary objective is to make earth observation data more accessible worldwide and simpler to access.

The SkyWatch customer base has grown and now has 10 times the number of customers since it started.

The earth observation market is expected to earn roughly $56 billion (CAD) in combined revenue over the next ten years. The main obstacle to further growth is reaching new non-traditional customers within the private sector, which has been a challenge.

Nonetheless, with the new financing received for SkyWatch, the company will be able to strengthen its global partnership program, allowing the support of more than dozens of other companies that use TerraStream to distribute their satellite imagery and data.

Ultimately, the rise of satellite imagery use has shown to be an important step in the progression of geomatics as a whole and will be promising for the future. With over 80% of the readers here on the GoGeomatics magazine being consumers of EA data, the hope is SkyWatch will continue to engage with the Canadian geospatial sector.




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