Ibadan, 23 May 2023. – ICEYE has announced a new imaging mode known as Dwell to enable its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites to remain focused on a specific point on the ground for an extended collection time. This long-duration imaging mode allows ICEYE satellites to capture significantly more information about the imaging target, creating a new capability for imagery users.
For example, Dwell will be able to determine the heading and speed of moving vehicles and under some circumstances, enable the discovery of human-made objects that would otherwise remain hidden under tree canopy. Furthermore, the product aims to transform how customers with demanding mission requirements exploit SAR imagery.
“Dwell mode is ideal for customers who need to extract more information from our radar imagery, including movement and direction,” said John Cartwright, Head of Data Product at ICEYE. “In the long term, the research community, scientists, the SAR community, and most importantly, our customers with demanding missions will benefit from this latest ICEYE innovation. This product is another element in using remote sensing to better understand and characterize what is happening and changing on the ground in all lighting and weather conditions,” he said.
Dwell expands the portfolio of high-tempo, day/night, and all-weather imaging capabilities enabled by the ICEYE constellation. Furthermore, ICEYE offers a wide-area collection mode called Scan for large-area search, an intermediate, higher-resolution mode called Strip for higher-resolution mapping and search, and the highest-resolution; Spot and Spot Extended Area, for high-confidence monitoring and mapping applications. With the introduction of Dwell, users can now unlock new insights about their areas of interest, doing so with capabilities unique to the commercial SAR market.