Originally founded in 2018 in Montréal, Canada, then also incorporated in 2019 in Australia, Lux has experienced rapid growth in both countries since its inception, with commercial projects expanding from the mining sector to the defence industry. The company has been trusted by the Australian Defence Force at its debuts, becoming its first official customer, with the mandate of helping to combat wildfires and monitor coastlines.

Lux’s vision is to operate a global network of observation balloons to acquire images at a better resolution than current technologies in order to create an ultra-high-resolution digital twin of Earth’s surface. Combined with the right geospatial analytics, the information feed can benefits companies and agencies as insights related to their operations on the Earth. This vision was founded on the premise that there is no existing space product that can deliver real-time persistent remote sensing, and that an affordable and precise dataset about the Earth can unlock unprecedented understanding about our human activities on our planet.

Our history

Lux is a space-robotics company that specializes in the design, manufacturing and operation of high-altitude platforms for Earth observation. Through its unique imagery data, Lux is developing AI solutions to help a range of applications, from wildfire management to national security, leveraging machine learning algorithms suited for multiple industries. Therefore, identifying the right data set based on each customer’s needs is critical. We can help with a vast range of scientific instruments that provide data we can then share with our users via API. Combined with the right analytics, there are hardly any limits to what solution we can build.

2018/

Inception of the company

Lux Aerobot is founded in Montréal, QC in 2018 by Vincent Lachance and Katrina Albert. Their mission is to fill a gap of information on the Earth’s surface that is not available, making it impossible for companies to make the right decision at the right time regarding their operations on the Earth.

2019/

Constitution of the Australian corporation

The company has been constituted in Sydney, NSW in 2019. Quickly, Lux moves its office to Adelaide, SA, in a willingness to play an important role in the aerospace hub being developed there, especially with the newly-created Australian Space Agency. In the same year, Lux opens a second office in Melbourne, VIC.

2020/

Australian Defence Force is the first official customer

Being an innovative company developing a solution that can help with multiple problems, which are having a strong impact on humans lives, the Australian Defence Force is turning to Lux after an unprecedented season of wildfire during the Australian summer of 2019-2020. The goal is to provide a monitoring service that can detect and communicate quickly when new fires are lightning up, to combat them at the source before they expand.

2022/

Successful launch of a stratospheric balloon in Alma, a first in Canada

Lux Aerobot becomes the first Canadian company to successfully launch a stratospheric platform to accomplish Earth observation on January 13th, 2022. The high-altitude balloon flew off the ground from Alma Airport in the morning at 5:20 in order to reach a maximum altitude of around 20 km, for a flight duration of 3 hours, to finally land at more than 300 km from the launch site, in the Côte-Nord region. (Click here to see full press release)

We are a team with expertise in aerospace engineering and artificial intelligence

The team

Our team is composed of individuals with complementary backgrounds, enabling us to successfully accomplish a range of ballooning missions and R&D activities.

Vincent Lachance

Co-founder and CEO

Vincent has founded its first for-profit company, Montreal Fresh, in 2013. Back in the day, it was the first player in the same-day delivery offering of groceries within Québec. At 18 years old, when he attended the French-Canadian version of Shark Tank airing on Radio-Canada, the French-language counterpart of CBC, he met Alexandre Taillefer, a notorious entrepreneur who chose to invest in his company. During 2 years of in-depth studies in aerospace, Vincent read several books on the field while creating links with the major players in the sector. From its work, stratospheric platforms emerged as a product being undervalued by large companies combined with a significant potential market. Thanks to its startup, Vincent received many awards, like being named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the province of Québec and being selected for Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2015.

Katrina Albert

Co-founder and President

Katrina is also responsible for business development activities, being responsible for leading discussions with end-users and obtaining their feedback in order to communicate their needs to the project development team. For over 5 years, Katrina has excelled in sales and partnership roles. Her most recent experience was with the sales team of a Canadian flagship, Lightspeed POS, where she distinguished herself as a sales rep by reaching 100% of her monthly sales goal. She is the recipient of numerous awards such as her selection for the Adopte Inc. program, C2 Montreal Emerging Entrepreneurs, and her participation in numerous podcasts in her community. Outside of Lux, Katrina has served on numerous boards of directors in recent years, including the Association des écoquartiers de Montréal, responsible for cities’ environmental education initiatives.

Jimmy Lavoie

Regional Director

Jimmy is mainly supervising the business operations of Lux in Canada. Before, he worked for ten years as Regional Supervisor of Operations of a multinational restaurant chain, being responsible for several aspects of the business management, such as the profitability of its operations, the management of information technology systems, in addition to supervising nearly 200 employees.

Loïc Prenevost

Data Scientist

Loïc works on all data science-related challenges. He has completed a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and a specialized graduate diploma in Machine Learning at MILA in Montréal, where he developed an extensive understanding of machine learning and more specifically computer vision. These areas of expertise combined with his passion for space exploration and problem-solving make Loïc a great fit at Lux.

Jean-Christophe Blais

Electronic Hardware Engineer

Jean-Christophe is leading the electronics design at Lux Aerobot. Passionate about space and aerospace research, he pursued studies in electrical engineering in order to contribute to the advancement of the technologies used in earth and space exploration. During his studies, he had the opportunity to be the director of his university’s student rocket program and participate in three editions of the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.

Tristan Leblanc

Air Traffic Communications Officer

Tristan is tasked to assure air traffic safety with Nav Canada and Transport Canada during all our heavy operations in Canada. He studied for 3 years at Centre Québécois de Formation Aéronautique to obtain his instrument rating group 1 commercial licence and he is now commencing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

Nicholas Vrzovski

Telecommunications Engineer

Matthew del Rosso

Mechanical Egineering Intern

Matthew is largely working with CAD modelling, but also with simulation tools, to create designs optimized for 3D printing and mechanical strength, as well as validating the strength of the entire gondola through simulations. He acquired a lot of experience in CAD and rapid prototyping during his multiple internships.

Olivier Fréchette

Simulation & Control

Olivier is mainly controlling, developing and implementing the end-of-flight guided recovery system for our platforms. He also assists with various tasks related to mechanical and embedded systems. He joined the team as a part of his master’s research project in Electrical Engineering, after completing his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

Carl Thibault

Product Manager

Carl is the Product Manager of our high-altitude platforms. He uses his experience in developing and operating drones for harsh environments to lead the engineering team in developing a reliable, cost-efficient and practical solution for earth observations. He is the longest-standing developer and professional RPAS operator in Atlantic Canada and had the opportunity to work with a number of great organizations.

Rémi Pédenon-Orlanducci

Simulation & Control

Rémi is involved in the design and implementation of guided recovery software to control the last phase of flights. After a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and a specialization in Dynamical Systems and Modelization in France, he is currently completing a double-degree master’s track at Polytechnique Montréal in Aerospace & Electrical engineering. He is specialized in robust and multivariable control.

Nezha Zahri

Embedded Software Developer

Nezha is leading and developing the avionics software at Lux. She graduated in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Aerospace Embedded Systems.

Liam Graham

Earth Observation Payload Lead

Liam primarily leads the development of our Earth observation payloads. Like everyone on the team, he also contributes to other initiatives within the company and takes on additional technical tasks wherever his skills are useful. As a lifelong lover of space exploration and aviation, Liam always knew he wanted to work in the aerospace industry. To pursue his dream, he took an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a master of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan in his hometown of Saskatoon.

Tristan Lévesque

Administrative & Financial Coordinator

Tristan graduated in 2022 from Accounting and Management Technology at Cégep de Chicoutimi, and pursue his education at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) in Business Administration. He joined the management team in 2022 to support Lux’s growth and the optimization of internal processes that it implies.

Ludovic Vanasse

Embedded Software Developer

Ludovic contributes to the architecture, design and implementation of the payload and avionics systems. While mainly focusing on the software, he helps decide which hardware will be selected for the prototype. He also assists in defining and maintaining the coding standard, and software processes that contribute to having quality software in our product.

Pascale Bérubé

Aerospace Engineering Intern

Pascale is involved in all aspects of design and production in the engineering department. She studied Aerospace Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal with a specialization in Manufacturing and has a diploma in Aircraft Design. She joined the team in the mechanical department and is now involved in all aspects of design and production.

Our global expertise

We effectively operate a constellation of stratospheric platforms and leverage our advanced knowledge in data science and machine learning to process the data of Earth’s surface that we acquire from them. Then, we can provide our customers with ready-to-use information for decision-making. As we develop the hardware as well as the software, we can easily adapt our technology to fit the needs of our clients.

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