Four Finnish radar satellites boost global monitoring

Four Finnish radar satellites boost global monitoring

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By Nick Flaherty

Iceye in Finland has developed the world’s largest SAR satellite constellation with 14 spacecraft, which is used for persistent monitoring. The successful launch yesterday by SpaceX in the US included three satellites intended for customer access and a next-generation demonstrator spacecraft.

The satellites were part of a rideshare mission run by Exolaunch in Germany using a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launcher.

The SAR radar constellation is designed to reliably provide imagery with a very short revisit time to enable the detection and tracking of rapid changes on the Earth’s surface, regardless of time of day, or weather conditions.

The demonstrator is testing the company’s latest SAR satellite technology doubling the ground resolution and providing the capability to simultaneously image and downlink data for near-immediate data delivery.

“The growth of Iceye’s radar imaging satellite constellation is unprecedented, and as a result, our customers enjoy the most actionable set of capabilities in the world for persistent monitoring,” said Steve Young, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Iceye . “Not only the quantity, but also the consistent push for what’s possible with the latest technology keeps Iceye at the forefront of radar satellite imaging.”

Iceye provides data in three ways: Spot, Strip, and Scan, each with optimized resolution and coverage, providing a resolution up to 10,000 km2 with individual acquisitions. Iceye is set to announce further radar satellite data capabilities later this month, with additional launches set for later in the year.

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