SAR SATELLITE MISSIONS

NEW SAR MISSION ANALYSIS

The following is based on best estimates from publicly available data, if you have an update please contact us with new information and a citation and we will update this page.

Capella Space, Corp.

Key People: Payam Banazadeh is the CEO and Co-Founder (Banazadeh is the only remaining founder)
Funding: $50M over ~8 funding rounds from Spark Capital, DCVC, Mark VC, Harmony Partners, Artman Ventures, Alumni Ventures and others.
Single Satellite Mission Cost: <$2.5M est.
Constellation Target Size: 36
Constellation Capability: Hourly revisit - unclear on resolution or NESZ
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 3,  2.5 - 4.5 meter resolution
Additional Information: Capella Space has lost two founders (Will Woods, Uri Tintore).  Capella Space launched, Denali a demonstration spacecraft, a microsatellite of 37 kg, on the 3 December 2018 (18:34:05 GMT). Denali was launched for "internal testing" and has not publicly released imagery. Capella Space is being sued by MMA Design LLC, the lawsuit accuses Capella of stealing MMA's antenna, accusations Capella denies, the lawsuit is unresolved.
Sources: CrunchBase, FCC, NOAA, EO Portal, M.M.A Design LLC Lawsuit, Riverfront Services Lawsuit, Space News

ICEYE OY

Key People: Rafal Modrzewski is the CEO and Co-Founder; Pekka Laurila is the CSO and Co-Founder
Funding: $65.1M in funding over 6 rounds from the Draper Universe, Space Angels, True Ventures, OTB Ventures, Seraphim Capital, Promus Ventures.
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $5M-$7M est.
Constellation Target Size: 18
Constellation Capability: Revisit every 3 hours (source)
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 3,  2.5 - 4.5 meter resolution
Additional Information: ICEYE was the first to successfully launch and operate SAR micro satellite (source). ICEYE has received a grant from the European Space Agency (ESA). ICEYE is working with R2 Space.
Sources: Crunchbase, Space News, R2 Space FCC, Masters Thesis

Umbra Lab, Inc.

Key People: David Langan is the Co-Founder and CEO; Gabe Dominocielo is the Co-Founder
Funding: ~$20M est. “Funded to launch multiple satellites" (source) from Starbridge Ventures, Hemisphere Ventures, CrossCut Ventures and Champion Hill Labs.
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $3.5M-$5M est.
Constellation Target Size: 12
Constellation Capability: Average hourly revisits are achievable with 12 satellites while maintaining 1 meter resolution ≤ -18db.
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 7, (0.20 - 0.40 meter resolution)
Additional Information: Umbra's team comes from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Deloitte (source). 
Sources: Crunchbase, FCC, NOAA, Umbra Lab, Space News, CrossCut Ventures, Nanalyze, Gabe Dominocielo

SMALL SATELLITE MISSIONS (>100kg)

EOS SAR

Key People: Will Woods (Former co-founder of Capella Space); Max Polyakov
Funding: Unknown from Max Polyakov a wealthy Ukrainian entrepreneur and his firm Noosphere Ventures 
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $15M est. (Polyakov owns Firefly and EOS SAR could receive low or no cost launch)
Constellation Target Size: 6
Constellation Capability: A constellation of 12 satellites will enable 2–3 hours revisit time for a given area
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 3,  2.5 - 4.5 meter resolution
More Information: EOS's first satellite was modeled, they plan to launch more with better performance in the 2023-2024 timeframe (source). Max Polyakov though Noosphere has investments in Firefly Aerospace, EOS DATA Analytics and others. There is a great deal of synergy between his portfolio and a SAR platform.
Sources: EOS SAR, SpaceNews, Via Satellite

Synspective

Key People: Motoyuki Arai is the CEO and Co-Founder; Seiko Shirasaka is the Managing Director and Co-Founder
Funding: $100M from Shimizu Corporation, JAFCO, Abies Ventures, Mitsubishi, SBI AI & Blockchain
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $15M est.
Constellation Target Size: 25 
Constellation Capability: Revisit every few hours 
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 3,  2.5 - 4.5 meter resolution
More Information: Synspective seems to have a strong government and corporate partnerships. 
Sources: Synspective, SpaceNews, Parabolic Arc

Trident Space 

Key People: Nick Karangele is the President and CEO
Funding: No funding announced 
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $42-$65M
Constellation Target Size: 48
Constellation Capability: Revisit under an hour with 1-meter resolution
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 7, (0.20 - 0.40 meter resolution)
More Information: Trident is a known player in the space industry with many good relationships. Trident opened a $5M dollar series A in 2018 (source), unclear if they received funding. 
Sources: SpaceNews, Trident Pacific, Trident Space

UrtheCast Opti-SAR

Key People: Don Osborne is the CEO and Director
Funding: IRAD, Debt
Single Satellite Mission Cost: $60-$80M
Constellation Target Size: 8
Constellation Capability: 1 meter resolution with revisit every few hours
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 4, (1.2 - 2.5 meter resolution)
More Information: Canada has a lot of SAR heritage. Urthecast has a market capitalization of ~$15M and has not made a profit since 2014. 
Sources: Seeking Alpha, SpaceNews, SpaceNews, UrtheCast

XpressSAR

Key People: Wolfgang Biedermann is the CEO and David S. Germroth (Unknown title)
Funding: No funding announced 
Single Satellite Mission Cost:$75M (est.)
Constellation Target Size: 8
Constellation Capability: One-to-four hours depending on the latitude
R-NIIRS (45°): R-NIIRS 7, (0.20 - 0.40 meter resolution)
More Information: XpressSAR selected IAI's TECSAR technology for Its high-resolution X-Band satellite constellation.
Sources: NOAA, XpressSAR, SpaceDaily


*Power Aperture = Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP) x Effective Antenna Aperture Area
*Missions is gray are not fully funded
*R-NIIERS (source)

The above is based on best estimates from publicly available data 

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