AI Tech Startup ClimaCell Seeks to Launch Satellites to Improve Weather Intelligence

By James White Friday, February 26, 2021

Knowing what to expect from the weather on any given day can not only play an important role in our own individual lives, but also in the operations of many businesses and companies. Advanced weather forecasting is essential for providing preemptive warnings for those is the path of destructive weather and potential natural disasters. On February 24, Weather tech startup ClimaCell announced that the company plans to launch its own satellites into space to improve the platform’s data gathering abilities.

"We are building the first of its kind proprietary satellites equipped with radar, and launching them into space to improve weather monitoring and forecasting capabilities," said Shimon Elkabetz, CEO and co-founder of the startup company.

The AI weather startup business has raised a total of $106.9 million from investors since its founding in 2016, garnering $23 million in its latest Series C funding round led by Pitango Venture Capital and Square Peg Capital.

Rendering of a ClimaCell satellite.

Operation Tomorrow Space

The weather forecasting platform built by the startup company is marketed as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), where businesses can select a pre-built forecasting solution based on the industry they are in, whether it be automotive, agricultural, or energy-based, among many other options.

The service provides companies with a comprehensive dashboard for weather forecasts, along with predictive insights and alerts driven by artificial intelligence, or AI, machine learning. For example, if a business was to shut down operations for the day when heavy rain occurs, the ClimaCell AI would be able to accurately predict the need to close for the day, automatically making the decision and alerting the necessary employees of the closure.

The AI weather startup business dubbed its mission “Operation Tomorrow Space” and seeks to improve existing coverage with a constellation of radar-equipped satellites, which the company claims are 95% smaller in size and cost than existing satellites.

High Profile Customers in a Growing Industry

ClimaCell already provides services to large companies, including Ford, Uber, Porsche, Amazon Web Services, Delta, and Google Cloud. However, the business estimates that over 5 billion people still live outside existing radar coverage, a reality that drives the need for ClimaCell’s mission. A report from Allied Market Research expects the global weather forecasting services market to reach $2.78 billion by 2023.

"We are positioned for an exciting year in 2021 with Operation Tomorrow Space at the lead of our continued disruption and pioneering across the weather technology industry and beyond," said the startup company's CSO and co-founder, Rei Goffer. "While today signifies the next generation of weather capabilities for every person and business on the planet, this is only the first step in support of Operation Tomorrow Space."

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James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.

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