The first photos from 3-synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites deployed by Iceye on the SpaceX rideshare flight were released on February 25. “All three satellites have effectively finished early operations and are now going through the calibration procedure,” Iceye stated in a press release on February 25. Customers of Iceye will be able to view images from the latest satellites until the company completes the calibration process, which normally takes a few months.
The new Iceye satellites started collecting SAR imagery as well as data on February 15, just under a month after they were launched into orbit on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-1 flight on January 22. In a tweet, Iceye Chief executive officer Rafal Modrzewski stated, “Watching the first photos from new satellites is often an exciting moment.” “Our world-class team put in a huge amount of work into each of the frames.”
Iceye has been deploying small spacecraft since the year 2018, and the latest satellites are updated versions of those. By email, Iceye United States Chief Executive Officer Jerry Welsh stated, “On the hardware aspect, we have made numerous enhancements like those on combustion as well as energy generation.” “In the time between missions, satellite software development progresses. To boost image quality and include new imaging methods, we apply these improvements to new satellites as well as those still in orbit.”
Iceye also owns and operates a six-satellite commercial constellation. In the year 2021, the firm intends to deploy at least eight more satellites. Iceye plans to develop some of the latest satellites in the United States, where the company is building a production plant. Welsh clarified that “SAR data had been in high demand before the Iceye’s constellation started serving customers, and the demand for this data tends to expand as new capacities are identified.” “Iceye intends to launch more satellites, create new capabilities, and grow in the United States because of this.”
Iceye said in a statement on January 12 that it “has big expectations for the year 2021” and that the forthcoming “launch is only the starting of the multi-satellite launch plan for the next year.” Before announcing plans to deploy satellites, Iceye normally waits until flights are inevitable. In an assertion, Iceye United States President Eric Jensen stated, “The extension of the ICEYE constellation enhances our remarkable power to have a reliable service to clients for use points such as regular location monitoring, object tracking, as well as rapid environmental response.”