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March 27th, 2018

EO's Future to Change — ICEYE and ESA Disclose New Partnership

ICEYE will be cooperating with the European Space Agency (ESA) to mutually explore opportunities provided by ICEYE's technology.


By using ICEYE's SAR satellite technology and imagery, this new agreement demonstrates ESA's interest in taking advantage of recent innovative New Space developments to foster business. The cooperation encompasses activities that focus the design of the ICEYE microsatellite and its X-band SAR instrument, as well as identifying the most promising applications for the data collected by such a microsatellite constellation.

The first ICEYE-X1 radar image from space — this is the world's first SAR satellite under 100 kg. and validates the capabilities of miniaturized SAR technology.
Image is courtesy of ICEYE.

By empowering ESA with ICEYE data, the constellation is helping to shape the future of observing our planet from space. Data collected by ICEYE benefits both researchers and a wide range of commercial industries. Challenging issues such as natural disaster response and climate change research, oil spill and illegal fishing detection all require repeated and timely imaging, regardless of the weather conditions or time of day. This shared effort to gain vast SAR imaging capabilities from new technological developments impacts the whole Earth Observation (EO) industry and its end users.

ICEYE recently announced collaborations with two other European entities, Kongsberg Satellite Service (KSAT) and Aker Arctic, to collect and provide SAR data for maritime and ice monitoring. ICEYE remains on track to launch its next two SAR-enabled satellites, ICEYE-X2 and ICEYE-X3, later this year.