"One of ICEYE's core missions is to enable our customers to make better decisions - more rapidly and with higher degrees of confidence. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) allows us to observe changes on the Earth's surface day and night and in any weather. But traditional SAR imaging models are only able to capture coherent images of specific location on a weekly or monthly basis. ICEYE is revolutionising the frequency with which we can observe and react to changes in near real-time with daily and even sub-daily Persistent Monitoring of any location on the planet. This enables a level of situational awareness and responsiveness that's never been possible before.
The ability to persistently monitor locations is critical in order to detect high-frequency change and respond to events that require a lot of decision-making. For example, monitoring activity at refugee camps in order to assess whether the infrastructure needs assistance or maintenance. Or monitoring port activity to gain intelligence in the type of vessels that are coming and going. And of course when it comes to disaster relief, the ability to quickly assess the amount of damage or population impacted is absolutely time-critical. Frequent changes that can happen on a daily basis would be entirely missed if you had to wait a week or a month to look again. With ICEYE's ability to persistently monitor locations on a daily basis, you're not only improving the capacity to evaluate and respond to situations, you're also saving costs and potentially even lives."
ICEYE radar satellite image from Port of Fujairah. The image shows 190+ vessels.
"Persistent Monitoring is the combination of three main elements. High resolution, which is the ability to detect with clarity what's happening on Earth. Revisit rate, which means the frequency with which you can access the point that you're looking at. And global coverage, which is the ability to observe any location on Earth at any time. ICEYE's constellation of small and agile satellites enables us to deliver all three - whenever and wherever our customers need us to.
The dependability of our constellation is something that we care very much about and one of the most important things that our customers expect. They value timeliness, which is essentially the time between when someone says 'I need an image' to when they receive it. Making that time as short as possible requires a combination of amazing innovation in space and on the ground. In space we have to have a large enough constellation to be able to access every point on Earth at all times and as frequently as possible. Once that image is collected, it's a race to deliver a high-quality product as rapidly as possible. We've proven that we can disseminate an image in under 15 minutes from the time it was collected. That's the power of ICEYE SAR."
ICEYE’s SAR satellite constellation advances maritime domain awareness with persistent monitoring of coastal and open waters. Stripmap imagery provide near real-time information about operating vessels regardless of clouds and daylight. Vessels at Galveson Bay, Texas.
ICEYE’s constellation is made to be extremely agile and responsive, with the ability to quickly pivot between persistently observing one location and another. With the agility to quickly respond to changing customer needs, we can do things like go from persistently monitoring a large area to focusing in on a specific area in higher fidelity. This ability to almost tip and cue by quickly changing imaging modes is unprecedented with other SAR constellations.
Enables monitoring of vast sea and land areas of up to 10,000 km2 in a single image. It’s the right choice for maritime monitoring and oil spill detection in wide locations that are difficult to access.
Dr. Shay Strong is Vice President of Analytics at ICEYE, where she leads her team to develop comprehensive analytics solutions that leverage high-resolution SAR imagery. The work Shay and her team do is helping governments, organizations and companies use SAR data as part of their own workflows and to answer some of the greatest challenges societies face.
Shay is a highly-respected data scientist and astrophysicist with vast experience in observing space from Earth and observing Earth from space. She has done pioneering work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, as Chief Data Scientist at OmniEarth, and at EagleView.
Eric Jensen is responsible for ensuring ICEYE’s capabilities help government and commercial partners to make informed, data-driven decisions that improve infrastructure, protect the environment, address security challenges and serve humanity.
Eric joined ICEYE in 2020 with over a decade of engineering and business development experience across scientific, defense, national security and commercial mission domains.
The ability to monitor has long existed, but the ability to monitor in frequencies and precision high enough to enable the detection of even millimeter-level daily changes on the Earth’s surface has not. Enter ICEYE’s Daily Coherent Ground Track Repeat.Learn More
A key requirement that’s been missing from earth observation is being able to track changes very quickly and very often. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) allows you to see in any weather, day or night. But if you want to be able to track changes to any location on the globe in minutes, hours or a few days, you need a constellation of satellites that are small and affordable enough to enable persistent monitoring that can be quickly activated, flexibly maneuvered and that can deliver the right information at the right time. That’s exactly what ICEYE does.Learn More