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.

Tristan Lévesque

Accounting and Management Intern

He is graduating in Accounting and Management Technology at Cégep de Chicoutimi, and will pursue his education this fall at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in Business Administration. He will be joining the management team next week to support us in our growth and the optimization of internal processes that it implies.

Tristan Leblanc

Communication Officer

Tristan is our Air Traffic Communications Officer and will be responsible for communications with Air Traffic Services (ATS) during the pre-fight, launching and termination phases of each of our flights.

Rémi Pédenon

Guided Recovery - Simulation and Control

He comes from an engineering school in France (l’École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées de Paris) where he studied applied mathematics after the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Remi also did a research internship in mathematics applied to astrodynamics, dynamic systems and chaos at the University of Namur in Belgium. He is now completing a double degree at Polytechnique Montréal in aerospace engineering (specialized in automation).

Pascale Bérubé

Aerospace Engineer Intern

She is studying Aerospace Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

Olivier Fréchette

Robotic flight instructor

Olivier Fréchette is joining the team as part of a research master’s degree in electrical engineering (more specifically control and systems). He has completed his bachelor’s degree this summer in mechanical engineering with a specialization in mechatronics. He has strong interests in embedded systems, electronics and robotics and he loves everything related to entrepreneurship and startups

Nicholas Vrzovski

Engineering Intern

Nick is working alongside the data science and aerospace engineering teams as an intern.

Nezha Zahri

Embedded Software Developer

She graduated in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Embedded System. In addition to two internships, she also worked at BRP previously on the electrification of their vehicles but wanted to go back to work on things that fly!

Matthew del Rosso

Mechanical Egineer Intern

Matthew del Rosso (Mechanical Engineering Intern), from Kitchener, ON. He is returning after a winter term internship here at Lux, and is studying Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Ludovic Vanasse

Embedded Software Developer

Ludovic just finished his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, where he specialized in embedded software. During his studies, he participated in a student club building robots for search and rescue operations. He wanted to work in a multidisciplinary team with ambitious projects, so here he is! He will officially begin in the first week of May.

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 Montreal, 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

Liam Graham

Stratospherix Photographer

He finished his undergraduate degree in engineering physics at the University of Saskatchewan in 2020. He is currently in the final stage of his MSc in physics, also at the University of Saskatchewan, where he worked on the thermal-mechanical and optomechanical design of the third version of the Aerosol Limb Imager, a prototype satellite remote sensing instrument.

Jean-Christophe Blais

Electron coordinator

Carl Thibault

Product Manager

He has been captivated by flight and is the longest-standing developer and professional RPAS operator in Atlantic Canada. Since he started exploring flight, he had the opportunity to work with a number of great organizations including Boeing Phantom Works, The International Ice Patrol, The US Navy and Canadian Navy, Defense Research and Development Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, C-Core, and CBC.

Alan Huynh

Machine learning intern

I would like to be a specialist in the Machine Learning field or broader, Data Science. My jobs in the company is to design and create computer vision model to achieve the company’s  common goal.

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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