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Microsatellite radar imaging startup raises $13M to launch new constellation

28 August 2017

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Finland-based ICEYE is launching a constellation of microsatellites with the aim of helping provide a view from space where traditional imaging cannot, with images delivered within a few hours using a technology that is typically very expensive and difficult to deploy. The startup uses something called synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to observe Earth even through clouds and in darkness, and it's gearing up to launch its first three SAR-equipped microsatellites within the next year.

The startup's unique tech is its in-house SAR sensor, which can acquire images and transfer them to clients on Earth within a few hours, but which is still built from relatively affordable off-the-shelf components. It's making SAR data available at lower costs and with greater time efficiency than has previously been available, ICEYE says, offering a unique value proposition for this highly sought-after data type to potential commercial and government customers.

Source: TechCrunch

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