That conviction was palpable in April when leading radar satellite proponents gathered in Tampa, Florida, for a party at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium thrown by Ursa Space Systems, a geospatial data analytics company. One by one, radar satellite veterans and recent converts took the microphone to profess their faith in the technology and its promise. “I am a card-carrying member of the radar mafia,” said Keith Masback, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation chief executive.

Pictured: From left: ICEYE CEO Rafal Modrzewski, Derek Edinger, Ursa Space co-founder and vice president, Tom Ager, SAR consultant, Greg Buckman, Airbus Defense and Space Intelligence North America CEO, e-geos CEO Massimo Comparini, Payam Banazadeh, Capella Space CEO, Andreas Kern, Airbus WorldDEM Business head, Sunao Muraoka, Japan Space Imaging chief operating officer.

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