HEAD Aerospace (HEAD), founded in 2007, is a privately-owned space company with its headquarters in Beijing. HEAD has an extended presence globally including subsidiaries in Hong Kong, France, and the Netherlands. Our international team has local employees on each continent as well, covering over ten different speaking languages. Together our team members speak either native or fluent Arabic, Afrikaans, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Kazakh, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Over the last 14 years, HEAD has been providing upstream space products in China by introducing a significant number of space products and services of international aerospace companies into China. This traditional activity has allowed the company to maintain a sustainable revenue to develop diversified activities since 2017, including providing geospatial solutions based on Earth observation satellites and operating our Internet-of-Things (IoT) constellation.
Thanks to 61 sources of satellite-based Earth observation imagery, HEAD is uniquely positioned to be a key player in the geospatial market and act as a prime contractor to provide complex turnkey integrated geospatial solutions. The international team is managing more than 100 distributors worldwide to market satellite imagery collected by Chinese commercial and government Earth Observation satellites. Our offer includes a direct receiving station for near real-time access to satellite imagery, a centralized geodata hub of satellite imagery, and process geospatial data in the country for government and commercial users.
Our geospatial solutions cover various vertical markets, including agriculture, forestry, energy, mining, environment, water, transportation, and defence. Also, it addresses horizontal needs at a city or a regional scale, such as urban planning based on up-to-date satellite imagery and intelligent city management enabled by changes detected by regular captured satellite images.
With more than 20 launches scheduled, by 2022, HEAD will have access to more than 80 Earth observation satellites enabling our customers to receive several times per day new images over their area of interest at very high resolution.
Internet of Things
Inspired by the ever-growing new opportunities offered by the low-cost small satellites, HEAD has added the Space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) business as a new focus for the company’s future development. HEAD-1 satellite – as the demonstration mission – was successfully launched in 2017. By securing a substantial investment in 2019, HEAD has initiated the production and launch of the Skywalker Constellation including 48 satellites with a data collection capability from ground-based terminals every hour down to a few minutes depending on latitude. The Skywalker Constellation also carries AIS, future VDES, and ADS-B payloads for global ship detection and airplane monitoring services.
HEAD-5 launched on June 16th, 2020. With the first batch of Skywalker satellites in orbit, HEAD is already able to provide data collection services at least twice per day worldwide that enable immediate access to the market. HEAD takes advantage of mature terrestrial IoT terminal development – LoRa chipset that allows access to affordable, low power consuming, and reliable ground terminals. HEAD relies on our internal experts supported by experienced consultants integrated with our teams to secure the support of local regulatory authorities and on an always expanding network of partners around the world to deliver customized IoT communication services and solutions to local and global customers.