SAN FRANCISCO – Capella Space is working with the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC) to meet the military’s demand for Earth observation with rapid tasks and radar data delivery synthetic opening (SAR).
As part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) announced on October 21, Capella and the U.S. Army Payload Development Lab will explore SAR applications through simulations and testing.
“SMDTC welcomes this partnership with the Capella Space team,” said Tom Webber, director of the military’s SMDTC, in a statement. “Capella is the first US company to commercialize SAR and is uniquely positioned to provide mission critical support to tactical users and advance the critical mission of the military. “
Capella has established relationships with numerous US government agencies over the past year, including contracts with the US Navy, US Air Force, US Space Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Pentagon Space Development. Agency. In-Q-Tel, the nonprofit investment organization of the US intelligence community, also supports Capella.
“Every day, the United States armed forces are tasked with keeping the peace and saving lives in multiple areas in a state of constant change,” Payam Banazadeh, CEO and founder of Capella, said in a statement. “You need timely information to get the best possible results. “
Capella executives declined to comment on whether funding was associated with CRADA.
“CRADAs are important because they allow business entities to work closely with government clients in a secure environment and better understand the challenges they face,” said Banazadeh. News by email. CRADAs are “often the first step towards establishing a formal contract with a government agency,” he added.
Government agencies around the world are key clients for the SAR, which can look through the clouds and capture images day and night. In addition to imagery, SAR data can reveal the material properties of objects as well as provide information about humidity, elevation, and small changes in the position of objects.
“Several US Department of Defense agencies have expressed interest in using Capella’s SAR images for a variety of purposes, including national security, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, infrastructure and transportation monitoring. , as well as reliable monitoring for indications and warnings of potential natural and security threats, ”according to the Capella statement.
The commercial SAR market is growing.
“The US government is still the biggest customer for SAR data, but we are actively building a market for business applications that help businesses and non-governmental organizations make better business decisions,” Banazadeh said.
Capella is working to further expand the market through its open data program. By sharing images and data with researchers, nonprofits, app developers and disaster response organizations, Capella hopes to “change the narrative that SAR is a scarce and accessible commodity. only to governments with big budgets, ”Banazadeh said. “The RAD is more accessible now than it has ever been to the commercial sector. Capella Space helps educate and train non-governmental entities on how to integrate SAR data into their larger data strategies.