SpaceX Transporter-2 launch, 30th June 2021, carrying 4 ICEYE radar imaging satellites. Photo: SpaceX via Exolaunch

ICEYE continues to grow the World’s largest synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, which is used for persistent monitoring. This launch from SpaceX included three satellites intended for customer access and a next-generation demonstrator spacecraft.

ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring with radar satellite imaging, announces today the successful launch of four ICEYE SAR satellites. They were launched into orbit on a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 smallsat rideshare mission via EXOLAUNCH. 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. With this launch, ICEYE has successfully brought 14 satellites into orbit, including both commercial and dedicated customer missions.

With the launch of multiple satellites, ICEYE continues to grow and operate the world’s largest constellation of agile SAR satellites with the purpose of further developing and optimizing persistent monitoring capabilities. ICEYE’s constellation is designed to reliably provide imagery of customers’ areas of interest 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.

“ICEYE provides the world’s leading persistent monitoring services based on data collected from orbit,” said Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-founder of ICEYE. “If you need to know what is happening in the world, ICEYE is your choice for persistent monitoring.”

The launched next-generation demonstration mission is equipped with the newest SAR satellite technology from ICEYE, allowing new and innovative 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.

“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 serves SAR data to a global customer base in three imaging modes: Spot, Strip, and Scan, each with optimized resolution and coverage, all the way to 10,000 km2 with individual acquisitions. ICEYE is set to announce further radar satellite data capabilities in July, with additional launches set for later in the year.