ICEYE is building a constellation of SAR satellites to support a service level where any location on Earth can be reliably imaged every 1-3 hours. To do this, ICEYE is initially launching a constellation of 18 SAR satellites by the end of 2020. ICEYE is committed to providing this service level by further developing and updating the ICEYE SAR satellite constellation on a frequent basis with new satellite models.
ICEYE’s living constellation ensures that there will always be a necessary amount of satellites available to provide reliable and timely data to customers. In addition to its satellites, ICEYE’s constellation approach ensures a sufficient ground station access and data processing capabilities are in place to support this newly available reliable and timely data stream.
The initial ICEYE satellite missions are proof-of-concept missions which focus on demonstrating the world-first capabilities of small satellite synthetic-aperture radar technology. ICEYE-X1, the world’s first SAR satellite under 100 kg, was successfully launched in January 2018. ICEYE-X2 was launched in December 2018. Two more ICEYE SAR satellites were simultaneously launched in July 2019, and successfully added to ICEYE's Commercial SAR Constellation.
ICEYE’s approach to building a constellation of SAR satellites is to seek out commercial launch missions, both from current and new launch providers, to support the required imaging service level for ICEYE.