ICEYE and U.S. Army to Pursue Collaborative Research and Development

IRVINE, Calif., November 18, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring with radar satellite imaging, announced today that it has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC) to advance state-of-the-art Earth observation technology in support of U.S. Army missions.

This joint R&D effort will explore low-cost, on-orbit, synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) related concepts. The areas of interest include exploration of cost-effective SAR systems including imagery tasking and uplink, SAR satellite downlink and ground station(s), image processing, and image dissemination as these abilities relate to U.S. Army and other DoD requirements more broadly. Emphasis will be placed on significant data latency reduction between the sensor and the shooter, as well as interfacing with the U.S. Army’s current Common Ground Terminal (CGT) and the future Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN), a mobile ground station system that’s currently under development.

(more…)

Aon and ICEYE Launch Solution to Better Manage Climate Risks in Japan

HELSINKI, Finland, November 17, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring with radar satellite imaging and a provider of flood hazard data, today announced a new collaboration with Aon plc (NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, to provide insurers with flood hazard data following severe flooding events in Japan, helping them to reduce volatility and better understand the post-event impact on their portfolios.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Japan experiences an average of three typhoon landfalls and several flood events annually. In 2018 and 2019, the country was subject to three of the five largest wind and flood insurance losses in Japan’s history, with insurers settling claims of more than $30 billion over the two-year period.

(more…)

G42 and ICEYE Sign MOU to Collaborate and Develop Advanced SAR Products

The partnership builds on a recent agreement between G42 and Yahsat to develop geospatial analytics-as-a-service and data fusion of different sensor modalities.

Dubai, UAE, November 17, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – G42, the leading Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company and ICEYE, a Finnish Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite and analytics provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on developing advanced SAR products.

The collaboration was formalized at a signing ceremony by Talal Al Kaissi, VP of the G42 Space Program and Jamil Kawar, Director of Global Sales at ICEYE, on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow.

(more…)

Capella Space To Become First Commercial SAR Company to Demonstrate Compatibility with the U.S. Space Development Agency’s National Defense Space Architecture

Capella satellites will use laser communications from Mynaric to  rapidly send and receive data

SAN FRANCISCO, November 9, 2021 (Capella Space PR) — Capella Space today announced the company will become the first commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) supplier to demonstrate Optical Inter-Satellite Link (OISL) compatibility with the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA)’s new NDSA. SAR data is a highly valuable asset for the SDA and the U.S. Department of Defense. The next generation of Capella’s persistent SAR monitoring capabilities will leverage new technology that enables high delivery speeds and direct access to its 24/7 all-weather data for U.S. Government customers.

Capella Space will install optical communications terminals (OCTs) on its commercial SAR satellites, starting in late 2022. This will enable the company to utilize highly efficient laser communications technology to send and receive data to and from its satellites in low Earth orbit, relaying data to compatibly equipped government satellites and military operations on the ground. The integration of OCTs onto Capella’s SAR constellation will drastically reduce latency from image collect to download and ensure spaceborne data is quickly available to inform critical decision-making for terrestrial missions.

(more…)

ICEYE Announces Contract with NOAA to Tackle Environmental Hazards Often Linked to Climate Change

IRVINE, Calif., November 4, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, the largest commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator and an expert in environmental hazard data, today announced a contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the monitoring and response to environmental hazards in the maritime sector.

With this partnership, ICEYE will provide NOAA with radar satellite imagery to evaluate the impact of different environmental hazards in near-real time including oil spills, large-scale illegal fishing operations and ocean conditions related to the accumulation of marine debris. In addition, NOAA is looking into using ICEYE to identify already burned areas within active fires to help fire responders. The need for NOAA to monitor these hazards twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, is supported by ICEYE’s around the clock tasking capabilities.

(more…)

Descartes Underwriting and ICEYE Announce Partnership to Propel Parametric Insurance Product Design with Advanced Flood Observation Technology

HELSINKI, October 20, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, a leader in persistent monitoring and provider of flood hazard data today announced a partnership with Descartes Underwriting, the largest independent parametric-specialized firm. The collaboration will push the frontier of flood risk modelling and parametric insurance by combining Descartes’ ability to incorporate state-of-the-art technology into its parametric insurance product design with ICEYE’s innovative synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) flood data and monitoring capabilities. Leveraging ICEYE’s multi-source flood insights, Descartes will be able to establish precise parametric triggers for a larger global client-base and make swift claims payment based on exact client locations within a flood event.

Floods rank among the most costly and recurrent natural hazards across all regions of the world. Compounded by climate change, flood risk has also proven increasingly challenging to model and insure. Accurate assessment and data coverage for areas with granular elevation changes, or rapidly expanding impervious surfaces, pose technical hurdles for insurers. Data loss and inaccuracies during flood events, due to the inherent vulnerabilities of physical flood gauges and sensors, can also prove especially challenging for insurance pricing and claims processing. The partnership between Descartes Underwriting and ICEYE seeks to address these pain points.

(more…)

Andy Read Joins ICEYE to Lead Global Government Solutions

Andy Read (Credit: ICEYE)

Read brings more than a decade of experience in natural catastrophe resilience & re/insurance sectors.

IRVINE, Calif., October 14, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, the largest commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator and an expert in flood hazard data, announced today the appointment of Andy Read as Global Head of Government Solutions. With an extensive background in public policy, natural catastrophe resilience and re/insurance, Read will lead ICEYE’s efforts to deliver actionable, natural disaster data to public sector organizations.

(more…)

Planet Introduces New High Resolution Pelican Satellites And Fusion With SAR

SAR enabling advanced imaging of areas previously obscured by cloud cover over Eksel, Belgium (Credit: © 2021, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved)

SAN FRANCISCO (Planet Labs PR) — This morning at our Explore 2021 user conference, we announced two major new products: Pelican, a next-generation fleet of satellites for very high resolution imagery that will begin launching next year and be operational in 2023, and Fusion with SAR, a cutting-edge data enhancement to our existing Fusion Monitoring product. 

(more…)

ICEYE Named as a Contributing Mission to Europe’s Copernicus Satellite Imaging Programme

HELSINKI, Finland, October 12, 2021 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring of the Earth with radar satellite imaging, today announced the signature of an agreement to become a Contributing Mission to the Copernicus Programme, the largest satellite Earth observation programme in the world. Copernicus services will now receive access to ICEYE’s synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imagery that can be used to enhance public safety, border control, security and maritime domain awareness.

The Copernicus Contributing Mission Activity, as part of the Copernicus Programme, is managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) on-behalf of the European Commission. The activity aims to provide very high resolution optical and SAR commercial satellite imagery from mission partners for use by the six Copernicus services and mainly by the Land, Emergency, Security and Marine services. These services are the primary users while other users, such as public authorities in Europe, can also benefit from the data. The new partnership with ICEYE will be funded by the European Commission and operated by ESA.

(more…)

Capella Space Accelerates 2021 Growth with New Chief Financial Officer and Expanded Leadership Team

Former executives from Virgin Galactic, Maxar, and Bank of America bring decades of industry and operational expertise as Capella Space rapidly delivers higher volumes of data from space.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2021 (Capella Space PR) — Capella Space, an information services company that provides high-quality, high-speed Earth observation data on demand, today announced several new members of its leadership team as the company continues to grow its satellite constellation and expand service offerings. Jon Campagna joins the team as the company’s first CFO, Julie Ambory as the VP of people, and Nate Ricklin as the VP of product engineering.

Campagna, Ambory, and Ricklin join a growing team of industry veterans and experienced leaders supporting Capella’s mission to provide high-resolution, high-quality SAR imagery on demand. With decades of experience, they join the rest of the leadership team to deliver greater value to customers and will help guide Capella Space into a new chapter of growth.

(more…)

MDA Releases First Details of Company’s Next Generation Commercial Earth Observation Mission

Covering a 700 km swath from a mid-inclination orbit, the new broad area satellite system will provide the most extensive coverage on the market, changing how, when and what can be seen

BRAMPTON, Ont. (MDA PR) — MDA Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly-expanding global space industry, today released new details about its next industry leading Earth observation (EO) mission. Leveraging legendary RADARSAT heritage, the new system will include a large C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite operating in a mid-inclination orbit. Capable of covering a 700 km swath in a single pass, the new system will provide the broadest area coverage on the market, changing how, when and what can be seen.

(more…)

Japanese Satellite Company Synspective Signs Launch Agreement with Germany’s Exolaunch to Launch the third SAR Satellite StriX-1 on Soyuz-2

Synthetic aperture radar satellite (Credit: Synspective)

TOKYO and BERLIN (Exolaunch PR) – Synspective Inc., a SAR satellite data and analytic solution provider, announced a new Launch Agreement with a small satellite launch services provider, Exolaunch, to launch Synspective’s third demonstration SAR satellite “StriX-1” on a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle in mid-2022. The companies extended their collaboration after signing a launch agreement for the second Synspective’s demonstration SAR satellite “StriX-beta”, which is currently under the final preparations for launch later this year. 

(more…)

Capella Space Opens its SAR Data to the Public

Spotlight Image of Engels Air Force Base, Saratov Oblast, Russia. (Credit: Capella Space)

SAN FRANCISCO (Capella Space PR) — 2021 has been a momentous year for Capella Space and all-weather Earth observation with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology. Since officially starting our commercial operations in January, we have served government and commercial customers alike with very high-resolution, ultra-low latency, 24/7 all-weather data to support better decisions.  

(more…)

JAXA and Synspective Launch Demonstration of Small SAR Satellite Constellation Technology for Disaster Situation Monitoring Services

Figure 1: purpose of the project and assignment. (Credit: JAXA)

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — Synspective Inc., (Head Office: Koto Ward, Tokyo, CEO: Dr. Motoyuki Arai) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (Headquarters Office: Chofu City, Tokyo; President: Hiroshi Yamakawa, hereinafter referred to as “JAXA”) have started co-creation activities under the “JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation (J-SPARC)” for the “Social Implementation of Disaster Situation Monitoring Services Using a Small SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Satellite Constellation.” In this program, we will demonstrate the improvement of analysis accuracy by using SAR constellation to analyze Saga torrential rain as a case study, and demonstrate the improvement of SAR onboard satellite performance.

(more…)

NorthStar Teams with Canadian Coast Guard, INRS to Develop Earth Observation Monitoring System for Canada’s Marine and Coastal Environments

MONTREAL, CANADA, July 22, 2021 (NorthStar Earth & Space PR) — NorthStar Earth & Space (NorthStar) announced that it is collaborating with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) to develop a prototype Earth Observation Monitoring System for Marine and Coastal Environments (EOMCE) to improve information quality and deliver critical knowledge on marine pollution, ice conditions, and coastal ecosystems directly impacted by climate change.

(more…)