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Building the world’s most advanced machine learning platform for Earth-observing satellite data and geospatial information.

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Brendan Richardson

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman at Astraea

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Over 200 petabytes of unique Earth Observing (EO) data have been gathered since the first Landsat satellite was launched in 1972 with 50 terabytes of new data added daily. Embedded in this data are answers to some of the world's most intractable problems, as well as new insights into how the complexity and interdependency of natural and human systems work. At the nexus of machine learning, big data computing, and EO satellites, Astraea is a software company developing cutting-edge technology to solve complex planetary problems. Due to the reduced cost of satellite technology and the availability of new sensor technologies, there is an explosion of EO data waiting to be leveraged. Astraea is empowering corporations, organizations, and individuals to easily access, analyze, and extract actionable insights about our planet.

Astraea has been acquired.

Notable Achievements

  • Have raised in excess of $50M U.S. from a broad array of VCs, family offices and foundations for my two start-ups.
  • More than 30 years working in start-ups, VC and growth stage technology companies
  • Award winning Adjunct Professor teaching VC investing and entrepreneurial finance

Press Mentions

February 22, 2024

Geospatial tech firm backed by Leonardo DiCaprio acquires Va. startup

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February 20, 2024

Geospatial technology startup Nuview acquires Astraea to accelerate plans 'years faster' than imagined

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December 6, 2022

Charlottesville-based startup lending satellite technology to Ukraine

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December 20, 2019

Astraea Launches EarthAI Notebook

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October 29, 2018

Unreasonable Impact Americas Program Welcomes New Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs to Tackle the World’s Greatest Challenges

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