Capella Space is the first U.S. company to launch and operate Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites.
The growth of the commercial space industry and advances in cloud computing gave birth to a smallsat revolution, creating a wealth of information from space. However, almost every company relied on optical satellites, which face significant challenges in timely and reliable Earth Observation.
In 2016, Capella Space was founded to enable a richer understanding of our planet in entirely new and powerful ways. The company saw an opportunity to use Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to monitor the Earth, including the 75% that is either covered in the darkness of night or obscured by clouds.
In 2018 Capella Space launched the United States’ first commercial SAR satellite, “Denali”, in its development of a constellation capable of 24/7 all-weather monitoring of the planet.
In 2020 the company launched “Sequoia”, proving that the United States could produce the highest quality commercial SAR imagery in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional SAR satellite manufacturers.
Today the company is building the next generation of SAR sensors to develop a constellation that improve decisions about commerce, conservation and security on Earth.
A Founding Vision
Capella Space was founded as the first U.S. company to commercialize SAR technology. After completing a Stanford program aimed at solving national security challenges with Silicon Valley innovation, a vision for real-time all-weather observation was born. The company raised $3M in seed funding to realize this mission.
Designing the First U.S. SAR
Capella Space set out to develop its initial proof of concept using miniaturized satellite
Capella’s First Launch
Capella Space developed both airborne and spaceborne prototypes to revolutionize Synthetic Aperture Radar. On December 3, 2018 Denali was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission, accelerating research and development for future Capella satellites.
Capella Space raises $80M in funding to date. With this capital, Capella creates its business team to gather customer requirements and feedback for innovative new SAR imagery products and services. Feedback is incorporated to scale U.S. and global markets for Defense and Intelligence, Maritime Domain Awareness and Disaster Response.
The First Commercial U.S. SAR Satellite
Capella successfully launched the first operational U.S. SAR satellite, Capella-2, producing the world’s highest resolution commercial SAR. Capella partners with AWS and Inmarsat to rapidly increase tasking and downlinking speeds.
Building a Constellation
The company scales up its operations with 40,000 Square Feet of manufacturing space to develop a constellation of world-class SAR satellites. Capella plans to launch several satellites in 2021 and beyond. In January, Capella Space officially launched its commercial operations, delivering world-class SAR needed for reliable information and better decision-making.
Scaling to Meet Customer Demand
Capella also introduces the first-of-its-kind, Analytics Partner Program to meet the increasing global demand for SAR-derived insights and to enable partners to develop AI-powered geospatial solutions for a wide range of industry verticals.
Closing out the year, the company also launches the first of its next generation Acadia satellites to upgrade its existing SAR constellation.