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One acquisition later, Hypergiant marries AI with aerospace

A so-called “integrated AI approach” will soon solve critical problems for governments and industrial companies.

Or at least that’s the latest news out of Hypergiant, the (so far) relatively low-profile technology company that predicts real-life occurrences through artificial intelligence. While putting artificial intelligence into government appears to be its mainstay, Hypergiant also goes after private markets. The company is aiming for “AI” everywhere and so far it’s succeeding.

Lately, Hypergiant looks like it’s finally getting governments and more conservative public companies aboard the artificial intelligence train, and especially in space.

Texas-based serial technology entrepreneur, Ben Lamm, launched Hypergiant in February 2018. He named the company after the largest star in the universe. It uses a smarter and efficient approach through AI technology. The company has 130 people employed across the state, plucking a considerable base of employees from aerospace-focused Houston.

“Houston is and always will be a hub for space innovation,” Lamm said.

Hypergiant acquires S.E.O.P.s

In 2019, Hypergiant acquired satellite development and deployment company Satellite & Extraterrestrial Operations & Procedures (S.E.O.P.s).

CEO Chad Brinkley and Chief Technology Officer Michael Johnson started S.E.O.P.s in 2017. The two focused on helping customers get their payloads into orbit more efficiently and effectively.

A microsat. Pretty cute.

S.E.O.P.s specializes in small satellites called CubeSats and MicroSats. These small satellites range from measuring just ten centimeters tall, wide, and deep and weigh just 220 pounds.

The company also launched its space division, Hypergiant Galactic Systems (HGS) after acquiring S.E.O.P.s. It opens up opportunities to provide immediate access to a wealth of satellite-sourced data.

Lamm, who’s been on an acquisition spree as of late, believes that this acquisition will accelerate Hypergiant’s collective efforts.  “What space affords us is the ability to look back at earth – an entirely new point of view that holds invaluable insights,” Lamm said.

The company’s space division combines data from satellites with data it’s already collecting on the ground. Customer can predict what is coming which allows them to manage current situations better.

Hypergiant Galactic Systems

It turns out that satellites above Earth take a huge number of pictures but we haven’t quite had the computing power, organization and recognition capabilities to make use of every data point. At least, until now.

“Essentially, artificial intelligence and machine learning turn massive amounts of imagery into useful insights,” S.E.O.P.s CEO Chad Brinkley.

AI technology deployed with satellites makes it faster to determine inputs and actions to be taken. Where Hypergiant seems to have a breakthrough: Machines are able to send information in advance of an impending scenario.

For example, combining ground and satellite data makes it easier to determine fire hazards. Companies can prevent possible occurrences and eliminate major threats.

Agriculture can benefit from Hypergiant Galactic’s AI system as well. Combining geological data on land with atmospheric data can predict where specific vegetation can grow best. Satellites can also determine the efficacy of fertilizer and pesticides.

Hypergiant S.E.O.P.s

After the acquisition, the company will now be called Hypergiant S.E.O.P.s. Brinkley and Johnson will still keep their respective titles with the company.

There are already big satellite deployments involved. Hypergiant S.E.O.P.s deployed more than 220 satellites both by cargo and some from the space station itself. Hypergiant S.E.O.P.s looks to have satellites on every mission to the International Space Station in 2019.

“We are only reinforcing that vision by bringing the best in the business to Texas, and making sure that we stay the key player in a rapidly expanding industry.” — Hypergiant CEO, Ben Lamm.

Hypergiant also has other ventures such as Pilosa, Cerebri, and ClearBlade, that, broadly, aim to deploy similar artificial intelligence across the reams of data databases that aren’t quite fulfilling their full potential.  All three ventures focus on data gathering and analysis in Hypergiant’s attempted AI takeover, as well.