The company’s radar satellites are now returning sub-1m resolution images of the Earth’s surface.
But Iceye’s breakthrough satellites are the size of a suitcase and cost only a couple of million to build.
The Helsinki-based outfit is leading a group of “New Space” companies that aim to fly constellations of such radar images.
Today, Iceye has four satellites in orbit with plans for 14 more over the next two years.
Radar images can be difficult to interpret for the casual observer, but they’re a powerful tool with which to monitor and map the Earth.
With the radar, it’s possible to see the individual vehicles passing along a road next to the port Iceye’s processing team uses a “spotlight” mode on a radar spacecraft that enables it to dwell on a specific target and collect additional information.
When Iceye has 18 spacecraft in orbit, it will be able to re-image the same spot on the Earth’s surface every three to four hours.