Radar satellite operator Iceye and Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) announced plans June 6 to work together to speed up delivery of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, allowing government customers to obtain processed data in as little as 15 minutes.
Ursa will resell Iceye data products and the two companies will jointly develop new analytic services with data drawn from Iceye's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites.
Mapping technology giant Esri announced partnerships with BAE Systems, Harris Geospatial, HawkEye 360 and Microsoft.
Asia Pacific Satellite Inc. and Iceye, the Finnish company that launched the first synthetic aperture radar microsatellite, announced a memorandum of understanding May 15 to deliver radar imagery to government and commercial customers in South Korea.
Capella Space, a startup planning a constellation of radar imaging satellites, has raised an additional $19 million to fund continued development of its system.
The launch, India’ first in five months, highlighted the United Kingdom’s desire to bolster trade with India as well as India’s desire to further commercialize production of the PLSV, a rocket often used for smallsat missions.
PlanetWatchers, a geospatial analytics startup focused to date on forestry, is preparing to expand its focus from forestry to sugar cane and energy, said Ariel Smoliar, PlanetWatchers chief executive and co-founder.
Planet and Airbus Defense and Space’s geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery products that leverage both companies’ satellites.
Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors.
What is making SAR more desirable is the magic that happens when the data is fused with optical images, radiofrequency and hyperspectral data.
ICEYE raised $34 million in a Series B investment round, bringing the Finnish company’s total funding to $53 million, ICEYE announced May 24.
Startups backed primarily by private venture capital have announced plans to launch dozens of small SAR satellites within a decade to take advantage of the miniaturization of electronics.