ICEYE has revealed that two of the company’s SAR satellites that were launched in July of 2019 have finalized their initial commissioning and are now available for customer data orders.
The company now provides standardized commercial imaging access to three of its SAR satellite units, in addition to serving a number of customers with custom data products and solutions. ICEYE is set to launch two more SAR satellite units by the end of 2019 to further increase the commercial availability and coverage of the globe with the company’s constellation.
The initial commissioning phase for these two ICEYE SAR satellites has been finalized, and standard SAR data access is available for commercial and government customers. ICEYE has recently published radar imaging with its newly developed Spotlight mode — imagery at very high resolutions.
ICEYE is simultaneously publicizing images that have been acquired with both new SAR satellite units, taken only minutes apart from each other, to demonstrate change detection capabilities the company is developing. ICEYE intends to grow its SAR satellite constellation to cover the globe with very frequent imaging, with an average of only hours between imaging opportunities for individual locations.
In the composite visualization to the right, vessels in the port of Gothenburg, Sweden, are detected changing their position with just minutes between two combined SAR satellite images. Elements shown in green represent the position of elements only seen in the prior image, and elements in red represent elements only in the following image. One of the vessels is leaving the port, and another is slowly approaching the oil terminal visible in the scene.
Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-founder of ICEYE, said in addition to serving customers with an increasing amount of capacity and access, the company continues to develop and deploy new capabilities for the firm’s current SAR satellites already on-orbit.
Pekka Laurila, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of ICEYE, added the capacity of these two SAR satellites helps the firm increase the revisit rates for individual locations, which further ensures that customers don’t have to wait for imaging. With this dramatic increase in imaging capacity, ICEYE is able to also serve segments such as the insurance and energy industries with tailored information solutions that bring more direct value towards their needs.
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