LOGAN, Utah — A Japanese startup that raised $100 million in 17 months, all from Japan’s private sector, has forced an industry rethink of just how big the commercial market is for synthetic-aperture array imagery.

In the case of Synspective Inc., the questioning is all the more pertinent because the company plans a constellation of small (~100 kg) satellites with a 60-degree inclination to focus on Japanese and Asian metropolitan areas.

“This shows how SAR is very useful for everybody,” said Toshihiro Obata, Synspective’s . . .

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