SAN FRANCISCO — Iceye announced plans Oct. 16 to begin offering commercial access to its Spotlight mode, offering one-meter resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery.
Prior to the announcement, Iceye was preparing to make Spotlight available commercially by “testing and improving the new mode for customer use,” Rafal Modrzewski, Iceye CEO and co-founder, said by email. Now, Spotlight imaging is a standard part of the service Iceye offers from its SAR constellation, he added.
Iceye operates three SAR satellites. The company plans to launch two more radar satellites by the end of the year.
“New commercial sources for one-meter resolution SAR imaging are by definition unique,” Modrzewski said by email. “Not just that, but this is done with SAR microsatellites, which makes it possible for us to continue to grow our capacity at a fast pace. ICEYE will continue to make these new capabilities real, and widely available.”
“High resolution radar imagery is especially useful for distinguishing between small objects, and in helping data users classify larger objects with more certainty,” Iceye said in an Oct. 16 news release. The high resolution imagery is particularly useful in counting vehicles, estimating property damage, conducting maritime surveillance and monitoring commodity stockpiles, like ...