Capella Space Releases the Highest Resolution Commercial SAR Imagery in the World

Capella Space Releases the Highest Resolution Commercial SAR Imagery in the World

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2020

U.S.-based smallsat technology delivers unprecedented 50 cm x 50 cm SAR "Spot" imagery to power critical applications for Government, Defense & Intelligence, and Commercial Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Capella Space released 50 cm x 50 cm Spotlight or "Spot" imagery, delivering the highest resolution commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery in the world. Prior to Capella, the best resolution on the market was 1 m x 25 cm with non-square pixels which created its own challenges. In the midst of increasing global change, Capella Space is setting the standard for how large organizations extract key insights and make better decisions through Earth observation data. Capella Space's Spot imagery delivers the highest resolution, most effective all-American made SAR imagery data on the market.

Aksum, Ethiopia — Capella’s very high-resolution Spot image identifies 23 trenches dug perpendicularly across the runway at the Aksum Airport to prevent its usage during the Ethiopian Tigray conflict. A closeup view shows the trenches and debris brightly contrasted against the dark tarmac surface.


Roswell International Air Center, New Mexico — Capella’s very high-resolution Spot imagery shows retired aircraft and their shadows, revealing granular details such as the size of a cockpit, fuselage, wings and engines.


Lake Tiangang, China — 50 cm x 50 cm SAR imagery captures a floating solar farm, making up half of manmade Lake Tiangang in China. A zoomed in version shows the individual solar arrays arranged in the shape of a fish.

"Everything we do is through the lens of how we can help our customers make better decisions with data and grapple with the accelerating pace of change in the world today," said Payam Banazadeh, CEO and founder of Capella Space. "After launching our prototype satellite in late 2018 we evolved our satellites with customer requirements in mind, focusing on resolution, quality, latency, and user experience. Last week we unveiled our real-time tasking capabilities that minimizes latency and today we are unveiling our high resolution and high-quality imaging capabilities. Our 50 cm x 50 cm Spot imagery is the highest resolution SAR imagery in the commercial market that is allowed by US regulations. All of these breakthroughs, innovations and milestones will ultimately help our U.S. Government, commercial and international ally customers make critical, high-impact and potentially life-saving decisions."

Much of the Earth is covered by clouds and darkness at any given time. Traditional electro-optical satellite imagery cannot capture imagery at night or through clouds, creating a substantial limitation to Earth observation data. At the same time, as the complexities of an interconnected world are increasing so is the demand for reliable and accurate information. Capella Space's SAR imagery propels the Earth observation industry forward with timely, highly detailed data in all weather and light conditions. The imagery is sharper, more intuitive, and helps users derive previously untapped insights from highly distinguishable features in each image. For Capella Space's customers these advantages have significance for the world's security and prosperity.

The First American Commercial SAR Delivers Highest Resolution Imagery Available Today

Capella Space achieves this new 50 cm x 50 cm imagery by dwelling its satellites over a single area of interest for up to 60 seconds, a satellite capability uniquely designed and built by Capella Space engineers. Capella Space's 50 cm x 50 cm SAR imagery delivers a number of key benefits for customers, including:

To learn more about Capella Space and request the company's new 50 cm x 50 cm "Spot" imagery, visit:

About Capella Space

Capella Space is an Earth observation company that provides timely and reliable visibility with its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) small satellite constellation. Capella is the first U.S. company to launch and operate commercial SAR and offers the highest resolution imagery available (50cm x 50cm). Capella's novel satellites are matched with a market-leading cloud infrastructure delivering global insights to Defense & Intelligence, government and commercial customers. Learn how Capella's data improves decisions about commerce, conservation and security at

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