Capella Space—a San Francisco-based satellite-launching startup dedicated to building a constellation of SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellites—has announced to join SpaceNet. The latter is a nonprofit open innovatory project designed with the ambition to develop geospatial applications based on Artificial Intelligence.
Ryan Lewis—General Manager at SpaceNet—said that the project is playing a crucial role in expanding geospatial research and developing applications for electro-optical satellite imagery. He informed SpaceNews about the project’s plans of working with SAR data, along with the imagery database.
The startup’s key reason behind joining SpaceNet is to obtain intact SAR data for its research team of software engineers and data scientists, according to Scott Soenen, the Vice President of the company’s product engineering department. This involvement in the project would let Capella Space to get open access to the SAR data, which will ultimately lead to the speedy development of new SAR-based apps.
Capella has grabbed over $50 million to develop a 36-SAR satellites constellation that would be capable of capturing imagery with a resolution of 0.5 Meters. The startup launched its first satellite last year in December.
On a similar note, Kongsberg Satellite Services and radar satellite operator Iceye revealed plans in June to combine their efforts on boosting the transmission and significantly reducing the delivery time for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. Through the effective results of this collaboration, the government customers would probably acquire processed information in 15 Minutes.
By the next year, the operational radar satellite count will possibly increase radically, as many firms and organizations design new applications to monitor the Earth 24/7 (on the day, night, and cloudy conditions) through radar technologies. Iceye has plans to launch five satellites by the year-end. Not only this, but the radar satellite operator has also been working to improve its ground services by offering its customers to process the SAR data on-site.