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.

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). Capella Space has not publicly produced a single image from their satellite. Capella Space is being sued by MMA Design, 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

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.

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)

Synspective

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 

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

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

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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