Ibadan, 13 October 2023 – ICEYE and the European Space Agency have partnered to participate in the Civil Security from Space Program (CSS) to revolutionize disaster and crisis management from the vantage point of space. This marks the first Partnership contract under the CSS program and aims to develop an advanced suite of natural catastrophe monitoring services.
Under the three-year partnership, ICEYE and ESA will collaborate on the “Disaster Management from Space” project to develop a comprehensive suite of Disaster Management Solutions and an imaging service underpinned by ICEYE’s fleet. The partnership will also drive the evolution of ICEYE’s state-of-the-art hazard insights while designing and testing the next generation of Earth observation technology.
Josef Aschbacher, Director General of ESA, said: “I am glad to sign the first ESA Partnership Project with ICEYE under the Civil Security from Space Program, supporting European efforts to use space to monitor, mitigate, and resolve civil security and crisis events to keep people, infrastructures and resources safe on Earth. We look forward to working with our Finnish partner on this project.”
Similarly, Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-Founder at ICEYE commented, “This partnership is an opportunity to test the boundaries of natural catastrophe monitoring solutions alongside ESA. The CSS program demonstrates ESA and the European Space Sector’s commitment to building community resilience,” The CEO and Co-Founder also added, “We are proud to have been selected to participate in this program and to be at the forefront of the new space-based crisis observation and management era.”
The CSS program is a new ESA multi-disciplinary program that began in November 2022. It aims to propel the integration of Europe’s competencies and assets into monitoring, mitigating, and resolving civil security and crisis events