Capella Space Releases First Light High-Resolution Images From its Latest SAR Satellites

This Spot image of the Rybachiy Nuclear Submarine Base focuses on Russia’s largest submarine base, where several docked subs can be seen in the frozen Avacha Bay. A trained analyst can easily determine that the center submarine is 105m long and contains 3 fins, identifying it as the Akula-Class II submarine, K-295 or “Samara.”

The imagery, which is the highest resolution in the market, provides key insights to commercial and government agencies as well as new U.S. Defense and Intelligence partners

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —Capella Space, an information services company that provides high quality Earth observation data on demand, today released the first high-resolution SAR images from Capella-3 and Capella-4, the latest satellites in the company’s constellation that launched with SpaceX earlier this year. At 50 cm x 50 cm, these Spot images are the highest resolution commercially available today, providing customers with significantly more insights to support Earth observation monitoring and change detection. Capella Space is the first American commercial SAR provider and the first commercial company to provide 50cm resolution SAR imagery.

To date, Capella’s commercial constellation has collected more than 34TB of data since commercial operations launched earlier this year, and is on a path to increase this data collection exponentially up to 10PB of data by the end of this year. Capella’s SAR systems image in all weather, day or night, and capture amplitude and phase history data enabling the extraction of highly valuable information. Its new First Light images highlight key SAR applications including timely disaster recovery, infrastructure monitoring, identifying types of aircraft or vehicles on the ground, and monitoring for indications and warnings of potential threats.

Today, Capella is also announcing a new strategic partnership with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the not-for-profit strategic investor, that accelerates the development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies to U.S. government agencies and their allies.

The Temple of Heaven is one of Beijing’s most important imperial temples, and it is also a popular tourist destination. The weather in Beijing, including dense smog and sandstorms, often makes reliable Earth observation of the city challenging, and with an electro-optical (EO) image, the temple might be difficult to see. (Credit: Capella Space)

“With the recent launch of Capella-3 and Capella-4, we have effectively tripled our commercial constellation, enabling us to deliver our Spot imagery at an increasingly higher frequency to help our customers solve some of the world’s toughest problems,” said Payam Banazadeh, CEO and founder of Capella Space. “Five years ago, the U.S. government sought out Silicon Valley commercial innovation to deploy SAR systems at scale, and we founded Capella Space as a result. With this latest partnership with In-Q-Tel, we look forward to expanding our relationship with its government partners. Our team is proud to provide reliable, high-resolution SAR imagery to give our government a competitive edge and meet their mission-critical objectives.”

“In-Q-Tel is excited about the capabilities offered by Capella’s newest systems on-orbit, and we look forward to working with the company to help our government partners address their enduring need for reliable and repeatable imagery, despite poor weather, for applications that include disaster relief and environmental land use,” added Tom Gillespie, Managing Partner, Investments, In-Q-Tel.

This nighttime SAR image shows the Rajpath, the large ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, leading to the India Gate. Traditional EO satellites cannot capture images at night, but Capella’s SAR technology depicts the Rajpath clearly, even in the dark. (Credit: Capella Space)

Capella’s expanded partnership with In-Q-Tel involves a development effort that will impact the mission and marks the latest in a series of contracts Capella has that serve several U.S. Intelligence and Department of Defense agencies, including the Defense Innovation Unit, National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy.

To learn more about Capella Space’s high-resolution imagery and offerings, please visit the Capella website.

About Capella Space

Capella Space is an information services company that provides on-demand 50cm high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation imagery. Through a constellation of small satellites, Capella provides easy access to frequent, timely and flexible information affecting dozens of industries worldwide. Capella’s high-resolution SAR satellites are matched with unparalleled infrastructure to deliver reliable global insights that sharpen our understanding of the changing world – improving decisions about commerce, conservation and security on Earth. Learn more at