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Persistent monitoring – the vision
with Rafal Modrzewski & Pekka Laurila
Rafal Modrzewski & Pekka Laurila / ICEYE
The globe has always been on the move, but until now we haven't been able to capture the changes happening before our eyes. Our large constellation of small SAR satellites enables the world's first persistent monitoring of any location on Earth, daily and even sub-daily. We can have hundreds of locations imaged every 12, 8, or even 4 hours. And we can get that data set delivered continuously. This enables millimeter-level change detection, where we can see things from space that you wouldn't be able to see standing on the ground.
SAR satellites have been around for a long time, but they've been too large and costly to be accessible to all. We see our technology as an enabler. It's a sensor ecosystem – a data set that we're enabling people and organizations across the globe to harness. You can think of it a bit like GPS or the internet, which were both originally limited in terms of access and today are virtually impossible to live without. ICEYE SAR data is a unique tool that offers tremendous value to governments, environmental organizations, disaster response teams, the insurance industry, businesses, and ultimately everyone.
Until now, satellite data has been able to tell us the objective truth about events on Earth on a global scale, but it lacked the timeliness and reliability needed to monitor things like subtle changes or human activity. If you're monitoring on time scales of weeks, predicting or responding to things like natural disasters can be difficult, if not impossible. That's why we wanted to offer Coherent Ground Track Repeat. And we wanted to make it daily.
ICEYE'S constellation of small NewSpace satellites is designed to rapidly revisit any area on the globe, enabling repeating ground track image acquisition from the same exact location – every 24 hours or less. If you can go from a scale of weeks to a day or even hours, for the first time, you can potentially predict things like floods, avalanches, forest fires, volcano eruptions or massive earthquakes before they happen. And when they do happen, you can respond to them in record time, saving effort, money and – most importantly – lives.
Stack of ICEYE Strip images showing changes in a forested area in South America over seven consecutive days.
CEO & Co-Founder
Rafal Modrzewski is the Chief Executive Officer of ICEYE, which he co-founded with Pekka Laurila as a project in 2012 and a company in 2014. Rafal is in charge of overseeing growth and implementing ICEYE’s ambitious vision, which he does with deep expertise in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) engineering. Like everyone at ICEYE, he’s committed to empowering commercial and government partners with unmatched persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on Earth, enabling them to make timely, data-driven decisions to solve challenges, ensure infrastructure, and protect the environment.
CSO & Co-Founder
Pekka Laurila is ICEYE's Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder, and an expert in geographic information systems. As CSO, Pekka has naturally played a key role in developing and driving ICEYE’s strategy, which centers on providing unprecedented access to timely and reliable Earth observation data collected with a growing constellation of small SAR satellites. The goal is to democratize access to that data, giving government and commercial partners a totally new level of capability to respond to and even predict some of the biggest challenges the world faces.
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.
Shay Strong & Eric Jensen
At ICEYE, we believe there is a unique opportunity to unlock the potential of SAR data by making it more accessible. ICEYE’s ability to persistently monitor the ground and provide quantifiable information with our radar technology means that it’s now open and available for governments, companies, organizations, and people to evaluate and leverage to better serve humanity.