Technical talk / Joint event with the Geomatics Seminar, ETH Zurich: Capella Space Constellation of High-Resolution SAR Satellites

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Since August 2020, Capella Space has launched five high-resolution X-band synthetic aperture radar satellites. In addition, Capella has built a low-latency tasking and delivery service that allows users to easily task the satellites and access data. Capella is currently working on data analytics products in order to bring SAR data to non-expert users. In this presentation, we will provide a technical overview of the Capella SAR constellation. We will describe the radar carried by each SAR satellite, the coverage and revisit time enabled with the constellation, and the system used to task and access SAR data. We will show examples of imagery collected over a variety of scenes and will present the work done to date with Capella SAR data, including VideoSAR examples, InSAR demonstrations, and the change detection work that is currently a Capella product.



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  • Date: 14 Oct 2021
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 06:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC+01:00) Bern
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  • Co-sponsored by ETH Zurich


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Dr. Gordon Farquharson of Capella Space

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The Capella Space Constellation of High-Resolution SAR Satellites

Since August 2020, Capella Space has launched five high-resolution X-band synthetic aperture radar satellites. In addition, Capella has built a low-latency tasking and delivery service that allows users to easily task the satellites and access data. Capella is currently working on data analytics products in order to bring SAR data to non-expert users. In this presentation, we will provide a technical overview of the Capella SAR constellation. We will describe the radar carried by each SAR satellite, the coverage and revisit time enabled with the constellation, and the system used to task and access SAR data. We will show examples of imagery collected over a variety of scenes and will present the work done to date with Capella SAR data, including VideoSAR examples, InSAR demonstrations, and the change detection work that is currently a Capella product.

Biography:

Dr. Farquharson is the VP of Sensor Systems at Capella Space. He oversees development of the Capella Space synthetic aperture radar and contributes to setting the direction of Capella Space sensor technology. Before Capella Space, he was a Principal Investigator at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, where he focused on developing microwave radars and algorithms to extract geophysical parameters from remote sensing radar data for programs funded by ONR, NASA, NSF, and DARPA. At UW, he was also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes and advised PhD and MS students. He worked as a radar engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) from 2004 to 2009 where he led projects to design, build, and field ground-based and airborne microwave and millimeter radars for atmospheric research. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and M.S. and B.Sc. degrees from the University of Cape Town. 

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Address:Capella Space, , San Francisco, California, United States