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SAR information shared with scientists and application developers by Capella

SAR information shared with scientists and application developers by Capella

Capella Space makes an announcement on 14th September where it plans to share synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) statistics. This is collected by its satellite constellation with –

  • Researchers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Application developers
  • Disaster response organizations
Capella launches its Open Data Program by offering 60 high-resolution SAR scenes of sites on every continent, demonstrating –
  • Agriculture and aquaculture
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Infrastructure
  • Maritime
  • Environmental
  • Humanitarian disasters and natural disasters

Clients for Capella’s Open Data Program will gain access in order to the latest and historical images and information from the Capella Console, San Francisco start-up’s online platform.

Through the initiative, Capella plans “in order to encourage innovation and discover the next game-changing applications of SAR,” says Jason Brown. Jason is the Capella community’s enablement engineer.

Capella information is “perfect for computer vision and machine learning research and development.” This is because the firm released 60 scenes representing a range of geographies and potential use cases. This is under data-licensing policies that allow adaptation and distribution with third parties.

San Francisco-based Capella has five satellites in orbit, accepting tasking orders from government and industrial customers. Capella presents images in three modes –
  • Spotlight offers the highest resolution of 0.5 meters per pixel in a 5-square-kilometer area.
  • Slipping Spotlight provides scans of a 5-kilometer by 10-kilometer area in order to capture imagery with a resolution of one meter per pixel.
  • In Stripmap mode, Capella can achieve a two-meter-resolution image of a 5-kilometer by 20-kilometer area

SAR information is particularly useful for examining disaster zones at night or at times when clouds of smoke preclude satellites from collecting valuable optical images.

Capella is encouraging scientists and application developers in order to sign up to obtain not only the images but the underlying information.

“You will soon be analyzing the uppermost resolution commercial SAR information and involving them in your own applications,” Brown mentions in a blog.

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