ICEYE's overall mission is to enable better decision making for everyone by providing timely and reliable Earth observation data. To achieve that goal, the company is developing its own synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) sensor technologies suitable for satellites under 100kg in weight. ICEYE is building a constellation of 18 SAR satellite by end of 2020 and that will enable a 3 hour on average revisit rate around the globe.
ICEYE-X1 is ICEYE's first proof-of-concept microsatellite mission with a SAR sensor as its payload. It was launched on 12 January 2018, on ISRO's PSLV-C40 rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. ICEYE-X1 is also the world's first SAR satellite in this size (under 100kg), enabling radar imaging of the Earth through clouds and even in total darkness. The satellite is also the very first Finnish commercial satellite. The ICEYE-X1 demonstration mission was ended in 2018 with very successful results in demonstrating the capabilities of the novel SAR sensor and captured more than 600 unique acquisitions from a variety of test sites.
The ICEYE-X2 satellite was delivered into orbit via Spaceflight's SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 3 December 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and it is in active use and performing very well. ICEYE-X2 features a range of technology improvements to increase the versatility and quality of the imaging data compared to ICEYE-X1. Improvements relate to items such as component choices, subsystem interfaces, software code, operations procedures, communication links, and optimization of power management. ICEYE-X2 possesses various imaging modes to provide imagery at high resolution and alternatively with a very wide swath to support different types of use cases. Representative use-cases for the data are for instance monitoring sea ice movements or marine oil spills, and prevention of illegal fishing.
01 March 2019
The ICEYE data familiarization phase freely offers ICEYE imagery over several demonstration sites and is continuing this by presenting to the user community the new ICEYE-X2 products in place of older ICEYE-X1 data: this data is more representative of higher quality achieved by the new ICEYE microsatellite.
ESA and ICEYE are pleased to announce the opportunity to freely access, up to the end of the year, ICEYE imagery over several demonstration sites, to assess image quality and suitability for several applications: monitoring urban, agricultural and forest environments, and vessel tracking (ship detection).
Mission Facts and Figures
ICEYE-X1 is a microsatellite with a launch mass of 70 kg, its bus structure is 70x60x50 and the SAR instrument length is 3.25 metres after deployment.
ICEYE-X2 has a mass of 85 kg, the bus size is 80 cm x 80 x 60 cm, 3.2m deployed antenna length.
ICEYE-X1 Sensor Specification
ICEYE imagery products are primarily available as Level-1 SLC and GRD products, along with Level-2 products produced from them.