High-Resolution Stratospheric Imagery Using Weather Balloons with Rema Matevosyan of Near Space Labs

In this edition of the UpTech report, host Alexander Ferguson meets with Rema Matevosyan, the CEO of Near Space Labs, to discuss her Earth imaging company. In a single day, Near Space Labs can deploy up to four Swifty balloons on a flight to the stratosphere where they capture images of Earth from an altitude of 60,000 to 85,000 feet. The Swifty is not just a weather balloon though. There is so much technology under the surface of this sophisticated stratospheric robot.

In the insurance industry, its high-resolution imagery can be used to complete post-disaster claims and underwriting assessments. In addition, organizations can use stratospheric imagery to track the effects of climate change including sea level rise, forest fires, and so much more. It’s even possible to use the Swifty to monitor urban sprawl and plan ahead for development. 

There are several exciting use cases for a weather balloon flight to the stratosphere, and in this episode, we’re going to learn about all of them.

Rema Matevosyan is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Near Space Labs – a disruptive Earth imaging startup whose mission is to provide seamless access to geospatial data in order to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges including urbanization and climate change. Near Space Labs deploys zero-emission stratospheric balloons, called Swiftys, to collect affordable and updated, high-resolution Earth imagery at scale. 

Prior to Near Space Labs, Rema worked as a researcher in Systems Engineering for Complex Aerospace Systems, informing the decisions of the European Commission regarding the Copernicus satellite network. She is a recognized scholar, and Emerging Space Leader, by the International Astronautical Federation. She is also a published researcher in top journals like the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and more. Rema was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and recently led Near Space Labs through a successful round of Series A funding. 

Along with her Co-Founders – Ignasi Lluch and Albert Caubet – Rema built Near Space Labs with the goal of getting geospatial imagery data into more hands than ever before, so that an entirely new generation of researchers, planners and developers can easily gain access to a different view of the world.



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