Military Embedded Systems

Radar imaging satellites to better enable persistent monitoring


July 01, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

SpaceX photo.

HELSINKI. ICEYE announced the successful launch of four ICEYE SAR satellites. They were launched into orbit on SpaceX's Falcon 9 small satellite rideshare mission via EXOLAUNCH. 

According to the company, three satellites of the latest technology generation will be added to the ICEYE constellation after a commissioning phase. The fourth satellite of this launch will be operated as a demonstration mission for the company's next-generation spacecraft.

ICEYE's constellation is designed to provide imagery of customers' areas of interest with a short revisit time to enable the detection and tracking of rapid changes on the Earth's surface, despite time of time of day or weather conditions.

The launched next-generation demonstration mission is equipped with the newest SAR satellite technology from ICEYE, intended to allow for new capabilities in SAR imaging. These improvements include a factor two improvement in ground resolution, and the capability to simultaneously image and downlink data for near-immediate data delivery.


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