What’s next for satellite-based Earth Observation? Driven by technology and competition, the business has grown quickly in recent years. From imagery to insights, from single satellites to constellations, players along the value chain have pushed hard to offer unique services, and the market has diversified and expanded. In an industry dominated by optical and radar.
In theory, radar imagery for Earth Observation is far superior to optical. With imagery capable of capturing scenes at night and penetrating clouds, SAR overcomes many challenges inherent to imaging the Earth with passive optical sensors. It would seem that investors are banking on these capabilities for increased coverage and insights from SAR imagery given.