OKLAHOMA (OBV) – A LiDAR satellite technology company founded by Oklahomans was recognized by TIME Magazine for creating one of the best inventions of 2023.
TIME released its list of 200 extraordinary innovations changing lives and culture. Included on the list was an invention from NUVIEW, an Earth observation company founded by Oklahomans Clint and Katie Graumann.
The renowned publication honored NUVIEW, which is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., for building the world’s first commercial LiDAR satellite constellation. It was named one of the best inventions of 2023, earning a place in the list’s “Experimental” category.
“Lidar technology has immense potential to empower global climate initiatives and contribute to a sustainable future. We are honored to be awarded as one of TIME’s extraordinary innovations changing lives,” said Clint Graumann, CEO and Co-Founder of NUVIEW.
Scientists rely on satellite imagery to track how Earth’s natural environment is changing, but satellites are unable to see through tree cover or capture changes happening in darkness.
“Nuview will address those shortcomings with 20 LiDAR satellites that beam a laser pulse down to earth and measure the time it takes to return. From there, the system creates a 3D image of the terrain, eventually mapping the entire surface of the planet,” Times write up of NUVIEW’s LiDAR technology states.
The LiDAR satellites are anticipated to go live in 2025. The Graumanns have already arranged $1.2 billion in business agreements, including a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense.
“Their cutting-edge data will enable accurate and real-time monitoring of forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems. It aims to facilitate the assessment of vegetation density, biomass estimation, and ecosystem health, supporting conservation efforts and informing sustainable land management practices,” a NUVIEW news release states.
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