ICEYE has successfully expanded its constellation with four new synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites on November 11 — the launch on SpaceX’s Transporter-9 smallsat rideshare mission via Exolaunch was conducted from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California — each spacecraft has successfully established communications and is undergoing routine early operations.
ICEYE has now deployed 31 satellites since 2018, underscoring the company’s position as a world leader in SAR satellite technology. As the owner and operator of the largest SAR satellite fleet, ICEYE can provide customers with faster access to data in emergencies and the highest revisit rates for high-frequency phenomena.
The launch of the four third-generation satellites also builds on earlier advancements in imaging capabilities, including Spot Fine mode, which delivers 50 cm native ground resolution, and Dwell mode, which uses advanced collection techniques to rapidly determine changes happening on the ground in near real-time.
ICEYE’s latest launch includes nexgen satellites built and operated by teams both in Europe and in the United States.
Around 70 percent of the globe is shrouded in clouds, and at any given time about half of the planet is in the dark. SAR satellites illuminate the ground with microwaves and create images from the energy that is reflected back to the satellite. SAR is superior to traditional electro-optical imaging for monitoring and search applications because it provides a powerful day/night, all-weather imaging capability. This capability is ideally suited for applications such as insurance, natural catastrophe response and recovery, national security, defense and intelligence, humanitarian relief, and climate change monitoring.
“This launch and deployment is more than just additional satellites for our constellation; it’s a testament to our pursuit of excellence for our technologies in support of our customers. We are fielding a resilient constellation with increased revisit rates and cutting-edge capabilities to meet the high-tempo imagery requirements of our most demanding customers.” — Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-Founder, ICEYE
“ICEYE customers around the globe have seemingly unending demand for our persistent, high-resolution satellite imaging capacity. Our customers use ICEYE imagery for actionable information and high-confidence decision-making. This is our third satellite launch during 2023, which shows our commitment to building and operating the largest SAR satellite constellation to date.” — John Cartwright, Head of Data Product, ICEYE
ICEYE US, headquartered in Irvine, CA, builds and operates NOAA-licensed satellites in support of U.S. Government and commercial customers.