Defence Ministry signs contract with Space Pixxel Technologies Ltd

SpacePixxel has been actively working to build and launch high-resolution hyperspectral imaging satellites to provide detailed earth observation data.

Defence Ministry signs contract with Space Pixxel Technologies Ltd

Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), the flagship initiative of the Ministry of Defence, signed the landmark 350th contract in New Delhi on June 25, 2024.

The contract was inked with SpacePixxel Technologies Pvt Ltd for the design and development of a ‘Miniaturised satellite capable of carrying Electro-Optical, Infrared, Synthetic Aperture Radar, and Hyperspectral payloads up to 150 kgs’.

This challenge is led by the Indian Air Force. The 150th iDEX contract was signed in December 2022, and within 18 months, the 350th contract has been signed.

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This 350th iDEX contract enables innovation in space electronics, wherein many payloads earlier deployed on dedicated large satellites are now being miniaturized. The modular small satellite will integrate multiple miniaturized payloads as per requirement, providing advantages like faster and more economical deployment, ease of manufacturing, scalability, adaptability, and less environmental impact.

The contract was exchanged between Additional Secretary (Defence Production) & CEO, of Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) Shri Anurag Bajpai and Founder & CEO of SpacePixxel Technologies Pvt Ltd Shri Awais Ahmed Nadeem Alduri in the presence of Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane and other senior civil & military officials of the Ministry of Defence.


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iDEX has successfully gained momentum, fostering a burgeoning community of start-ups within the defense sector. It is currently engaged with over 400 start-ups and MSMEs.

Till now, procurement of 35 items, worth over Rs 2,000 crore, has been cleared. iDEX has facilitated the creation of numerous job opportunities and played a pivotal role in the development of the defense ecosystem.

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