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Meet the 22-year-olds who are building earth imaging satellites for farmers

Images from their firm Pixxel's satellites track changes in farms and help improve productivity; these solutions are also useful in detecting crop diseases and pest infestation

Pixxel co-founders Awais Ahmed (right) and Kshitij Khandelwal
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Pixxel co-founders Awais Ahmed (right) and Kshitij Khandelwal

Peerzada Abrar Bengaluru
Two years ago, a team of young Indian students presented a working Hyperloop pod prototype to tech billionaire Elon Musk at his aerospace company SpaceX’s headquarters in California. It was the only Indian and one of the two Asian finalist teams for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, which is aimed at building a new mode of passenger transportation that pushes a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at the speed of an aircraft.

Buoyed by the positive response provided by the SpaceX, two of the team members, Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, tried to participate in the other global competition,

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First Published: Oct 29 2019 | 10:55 AM IST

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