Press Release

SSTL signs up Space-Eyes for NovaSAR data

SSTL signs up Space-Eyes for NovaSAR data

13TH IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation, Berlin

SAR imaging data will be integrated with contextual maritime threat evaluation data for tactical ISR

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed an agreement with Space-Eyes (Channel Logistics USA, LLC Delaware, doing business as “SpaceEyes. LLC”) to provide a share of the tasking and data acquisition capabilities from NovaSAR-1.  SSTL will lease imaging payload capacity to Space-Eyes for the lifetime of the satellite, designed to be in excess of 7 years, and will retain ownership of the spacecraft and perform in-orbit satellite operations from its UK Headquarters.  Space-Eyes will integrate the SAR images with contextual maritime threat evaluation data for the maritime domain with its CATE™ Analytics technology to deliver tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Phil Brownnett, SSTL’s Managing Director, said “I am delighted to welcome Space-Eyes to the NovaSAR mission partners club.  It is very gratifying to see our NovaSAR spacecraft being tasked to acquire data across the globe, for diverse applications across both land and sea.”  

Space-Eyes provides Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite collections across all weather and lighting conditions.  The data is integrated with related geospatial and contextual maritime data and analysed automatically by CATE™ for supply chain risks and maritime domain awareness threats, addressing emerging opportunities in autonomous shipping, service provider driven block-chains and asset security in energy's downstream and upstream markets.

NovaSAR-1 is the world’s first commercial SAR satellite to be operated at a 10:30 equator crossing time, providing time diversity for radar observations by affording increased daylight imaging opportunities in addition to night acquisitions.  The SAR payload has a dedicated maritime mode designed with a very wide swath width of 400km to enable the monitoring of the marine environment and provides direct radar ship detection information simultaneously with AIS ship tracking data to assist with the identification and tracking of sea-going vessels. 

NovaSAR-1 was designed and manufactured by SSTL, with an S-Band SAR payload developed by Airbus Defence and Space in Portsmouth, UK and an Automatic Identification Receiver supplied by Honeywell Aerospace. 

Mission partners previously signed up for capacity from NovaSAR-1 include the UK Space Agency, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), DOST-ASTI (Philippines) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).


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Press Contacts:

Joelle Sykes, PR Manager, SSTL
Tel: +44 (0)1483 804243
Mob: 07775 000853

Tom Fagan, Space-Eyes
Tel: +1 856 614 5441
Mob: +1 484 678 1078

About SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is at the forefront of space innovation delivering customisable complete mission solutions for Earth observation, science, communications, navigation, in-orbit debris removal and servicing and exploration beyond Earth infrastructure.

Since 1981, SSTL has built and launched 70 satellites for 20 international customers, as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies for ESA, NASA, international governments and commercial customers.

SSTL is well known for innovative missions such as the CARBONITE satellites, the NovaSAR S-band radar imaging satellite and the RemoveDEBRIS space debris removal technology demonstrator. 

Headquartered in Guildford, UK, SSTL is part of Airbus.

About Space-Eyes

Space-Eyes provides on-demand tasking to a Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite.  Its collections across all weather and lighting conditions are integrated with contextual data and analysed automatically for threats in the maritime domain.  The online Space-Eyes platform will also use Amazon’s new ground stations, which will substantially reduce latency to enhance the ISRPED life-cycle.  Space-Eyes currently offers capacity with one radar satellite operational and plans to have plans for a constellation of 5 Radar satellites addressing National Security, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Risk Mitigation through tracking of Green House Gases and Energy Security. The satellites will be built and managed by SSTL.


NovaSAR-1 satellite on test at Airbus, Portsmouth. Credit Airbus.

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