The Finnish New Space company ICEYE is now providing radar imaging data from its commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for use in monitoring and response activities. ICEYE provides these images at no cost to the Charter’s Authorised Users to enable wider and more timely information access for disaster events worldwide.
The International Charter provides Earth observation data for use in monitoring and response activities, acquired by the satellites of its 17 members, contributing partners, and data contributors, to support disaster response worldwide.
ICEYE is building and operating its own satellite constellation of radar imaging satellites and adds SAR data collected from its commercially available satellites to the Charter’s portfolio. Since 2019, and through a procedure managed by ESA, the company has become an approved Charter data contributor.
ICEYE’s SAR satellite constellation allows for timely mapping, monitoring, and change detection analysis after disasters. Example use cases for Authorised Charter Users include pre- and post-event analysis of infrastructure, assessing property and agricultural damages, mapping the effects of floods, volcanic eruptions and landslide incidents, and measuring oil spill extents.
ICEYE’s satellite constellation is growing with additional spacecraft being produced and launched each year. The company offers X-band SAR data in several imaging modes, including very high resolutions in single look complex (SLC) and ground range detected (GRD) image formats.
ICEYE CEO and Co-founder, Rafal Modrzewski: “ICEYE is very excited to contribute to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. We see the impact that timely access to SAR data can have during and after major disasters, and we are proud to provide assistance through the Charter.”
A spokesperson of the CNSA (China National Space Administration), current lead agency of the Charter: “The Charter members are very pleased to welcome ICEYE with its constantly growing constellation of SAR satellites as an approved partner in the Charter. The rapid revisit of ICEYE’s commercial SAR satellite constellation contributes tremendously to the Charter’s objective to respond most effectively to requests for imagery after disasters.”
SAR satellite images can be acquired regardless of weather conditions, both during day and nighttime. This data can be used to provide information of what’s happening on land or at sea even during rainfall – regardless of cloud cover and through smoke emissions. This makes SAR a very valuable source of information for disaster management activities supported by the Charter.
This announcement was made on 25 June 2020 by ICEYE.