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.

2020/

Multiple offices in Canada

Lux moves its Canadian headquarters to Alma, QC, located in the North-Eastern part of the province of Québec, where it collaborates with the UAS Centre of Excellence located at the city’s airport. The organization is benefiting from a special relationship with Transport Canada to support Lux with its first launches in the Canadian airspace. Meantime, Lux opens two new offices, one in Montréal, QC and another one in Québec City, QC, which will turn out to be its main Canadian R&D facility, where INO, the biggest photonics research centre in Canada, is also located.

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.

Yuchen Wang

Data Science Lead

Yuchen manages the research and development projects in machine learning at Lux and leads the data science team. Having completed an electrical and electronics engineering bachelor’s degree in Melbourne, and also a master’s degree in data science and business analytics in Montréal, those two areas of expertise provide him with a complete understanding of the technical complexity of our problems.

Adithya Rajendran

Head of Engineering

Adithya is responsible for all our balloon operations in Australia in order to support our commercialization efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. He specializes in the design of atmospheric satellite system architectures. He was also involved in the High Altitude Balloon Borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (BalSAR) system, which is currently in development as part of a NATO-funded project within the SPS program.

Nathan Power

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Nathan leads mechanical hardware integration at Lux. Senior student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, he has over 4 years of experience in mechanical design, structural and thermal analysis, prototyping, and testing. Nathan is passionate about solving global issues pertaining to transportation and resource access through the development of sustainable low-carbon solutions.

Yuchen Wang

Data Science Lead

Yuchen manages the research and development projects in machine learning at Lux and leads the data science team. Having completed an electrical and electronics engineering bachelor’s degree in Melbourne, and also a master’s degree in data science and business analytics in Montréal, those two areas of expertise provide him with a complete understanding of the technical complexity of our problems.

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.

Adithya Rajendran

Head of Engineering

Adithya is responsible for all our balloon operations in Australia in order to support our commercialization efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. He specializes in the design of atmospheric satellite system architectures. He was also involved in the High Altitude Balloon Borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (BalSAR) system, which is currently in development as part of a NATO-funded project within the SPS program.

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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