ICEYE-X1 MISSION

The World's First SAR Satellite Under 100 kg in Launch Mass


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ICEYE’s overall mission is to enable better decision making for everyone by providing timely and reliable Earth observation data. To achieve that goal, the company develops its own synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) sensor technologies suitable for satellites under 100kg in weight.

ICEYE-X1 is ICEYE's first proof-of-concept microsatellite mission with a SAR sensor as its payload. It was launched on January 12th, 2018, on ISRO’s PSLV-C40 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. ICEYE-X1 is also the world's first SAR satellite in this size (under 100kg), enabling radar imaging of the Earth through clouds and even in total darkness.

The ICEYE-X1 satellite is the very first Finnish commercial satellite. The mission has aimed to validate in-orbit performance of ICEYE's technolgy, and to begin pilot operations with first users. Use-cases for the data are, for instance, monitoring sea ice movements or marine oil spills, and prevention of illegal fishing.

 

ICEYE-X1 Mission concluded

Following the successful completion of the goals of the mission, ICEYE has concluded operations involving the ICEYE-X1 spacecraft.

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