Capella Space satellite imagery is now available on the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Capella Space satellite imagery is now available on the Amazon Web Services Cloud

Today’s expansion enables any individual to have free access to a growing selection of open data imagery from Capella on AWS, furthering its mission to make Earth observation an essential tool for problem solving.

The Capella Open Data program offers a wide range of imagery from every continent, with examples from agriculture and aquaculture, energy and natural resources, infrastructure, maritime, environmental, as well as humanitarian and natural disaster use cases.

Capella is also announcing further evolution of its Open Data Program by introducing a tiered system, with three levels of access: Open Data, Data Cooperative and Data Grant.

“Our mission to democratize access to timely, high-quality SAR data is accelerated through this work with Amazon, and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Payam Banazadeh, CEO and founder of Capella Space. “By making our data available on AWS, it encourages more people around the world to get acquainted with SAR data and create applications that can improve the world around us.”

Story Highlights

  • Capella’s Open Data Program, first announced in September 2021, is intended to provide researchers, charities, developers, and disaster relief organisations with direct access to high-quality Earth observation data from the industry leader in high-performance commercial SAR information from space. Collaboration with the AWS Open Data Program will foster innovation and the identification of the next game-changing SAR applications.

  • Given the current economic and geopolitical environment, it’s clear that Earth-observation monitoring is vital to the well-being of our entire planet. Capella’s SAR technology can penetrate all weather conditions – clouds, fog, smoke, rain – and capture clear imagery 24-7, day and night. From providing timely data around the Russia-Ukraine conflict, to detecting glacier changes in the Karakoram and uncovering storm damage in Scottish forests; Capella provides accurate and timely data to inform mission-critical decisions.

Open Data: In collaboration with AWS, this tier gives any interested individual free access to a growing selection of Capella’s data through the Registry of Open Data on AWS.

Data Cooperative: The cooperative gives qualified parties access to the Capella Console to view and download its open data image gallery directly along with archive data for their area of interest. Users must apply for this cooperative and meet Capella’s criteria for acceptance into the program based upon panel review.

Data Grant: Under this program, interested users can submit a formal research proposal for expanded access to the Capella Console. If selected by a panel, these users will be provided tasking capabilities within the Capella Console to secure imagery of their particular area(s) of interest. Anyone who wishes to explore Capella’s open data on AWS can do so without needing to pay to store their own copies of the dataset, and do not need to purchase storage to start a project using the dataset. Through its Open Data Sponsorship Program, AWS is covering the costs of the storage and transfer of the data, so that it can be accessed and analyzed in the cloud by individuals around the world.