Researchers and app developers have access to Capella’s SAR data

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Scientists, nonprofit organizations, application developers, and disaster response organizations will benefit from the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data collected by Capella Space’s satellite network, the company stated on September 14.

Capella deployed its Open Data Program by offering 60 SAR scenes of locations on every continent, which are high-resolution, including energy and natural resources, agriculture and aquaculture, infrastructure, environmental, maritime, natural disasters, and humanitarian disasters.   Customers of Capella’s Open Data Program are going to be able to access updated and archived imagery and data through the Capella Console, a web-based platform developed by the San Francisco-based company.

A blog post published on September 14 by Jason Brown, Capella’s community enablement engineer, stated that the initiative’s goal is to “encourage innovation and identify the upcoming game-changing applications of the SAR.” Due to the fact that Capella launched 60 scenes involving a range of geographies and prospective use cases under the data-licensing policies that allow adaptation and sharing with the third parties, Brown believes the company’s data is “ideal for machine learning and computer vision research and development.”

Government and commercial clients have placed tasking orders on the Capella constellation of satellites, which is situated in San Francisco. Capella currently has 5 satellites in orbit. In Capella, there are three different types of visual representation. Across a 5-square-kilometer area, Spotlight has the highest resolution, with pixels measuring 0.5 meters in length. In order to capture imagery using a resolution of 1 meter per pixel, Sliding Spotlight scans an area of 5 kilometers by 10 kilometers. Using Capella’s Stripmap mode, it is possible to capture imagery at two meters per kilometer square of 5-kilometer × 20-kilometer region. SAR data is beneficial for studying disaster areas at night or periods when clouds or even smoke prevent satellites from collecting meaningful optical imagery.

Images of the explosion of La Soufrière volcano on the St. Vincent’s Caribbean Island, flooding in Australia’s New South Wales region, and Syrian refugee camps located in Jordan are among the first 60 scenes Capella has made publicly available. Another commercial SAR constellation provider, Iceye, situated in Finland, has reported a significant demand for SAR imaging following fires, earthquakes, floods, landslides, and avalanches in recent years.

In order to obtain not only the photographs but also the underlying data, Capella is asking researchers and application developers to sign up for the service. According to Brown’s blog, “you’ll be studying the highest resolution commercialized SAR data in no time and incorporating them into your applications.”

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