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image Figure 1 - Illustation of KOMPSAT-5 spacecraft (image credit: ICEYE)

The ICEYE constellation, as of April 2020, consists of three X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites. Throughout 2020 and 2021, the constellation is expected to grow to 18 satellites in specialised orbital planes designed to provide a near persistent fine resolution view of The Earth’s surface. The ICEYE vision is to bring a new service to the market with an emphasis on superior reliability, a vastly higher rate of revisits to individual locations, and an unprecedented objectivity. The service is based on a completely new satellite and sensor design, leveraging recent advancement in various technologies and a New Space approach.

The ICEYE constellation comprises multiple satellite all equipped with a X-band (9.65 GHz) SAR sensor. SAR imaging modes are stripmap (SM) and spotlight (SL) at VV polarization.

image Figure 2 - ICEYE Stripmap measurement mode (image credit: ICEYE)

image Figure 3 - ICEYE Spotlight measurement modes (image credit: ICEYE)

Native format

ICEYE GRD acquisitions are provided to the Charter as a compressed archive containing:

  • an XML metadata file
  • a GeoTIFF file
  • a PNG file with a quicklook

Below an example of an ICEYE received during the Charter Activation 694:


Length Date Time Name
248128808 2021-01-24 03:30 ICEYE_X2_GRD_SL_40277_20210123T223942.tif
48151 2021-01-24 03:31 ICEYE_X2_GRD_SL_40277_20210123T223942.xml
13887326 2021-01-24 03:31 ICEYE_X2_QUICKLOOK_SL_40277_20210123T223942.png

Ingested format

An ingested ICEYE acquisition