Compare & contrast: Commercial satellite radar startups Capella Space and Iceye

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Capella Space of the United States and Iceye of Finland are venture-capital-funded startups building constellations of radar satellites for government and commercial customers worldwide — assuming there are enough of them to close a business plan.

It’s risky, and while both companies have raised sufficient capital to start launching their constellations, both have also been hit square in the face by launch delays.

So far, it has not proved fatal. Iceye launched a demonstration satellite in January that failed early but yielded enough data to permit . . .

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