ICEYE’s Natural Catastrophe Insights available in Esri GIS technology globally


ICEYE, a world-leading provider of natural catastrophe solutions and insights, has expanded its Esri Partner Network relationship with Esri, the market leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology, location intelligence, and mapping, to provide its users across the public and private sectors with direct access to near-immediate natural catastrophe insights at the property level.

Esri’s software is deployed in over 350,000 organisations globally, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. As a Silver Partner in the Esri Partner Network, ICEYE’s natural catastrophe data is now available to all users of its software via ArcGIS, Esri’s GIS technology.

Through their existing Esri environment, Esri customers can access ICEYE’s near real-time, high-resolution data for natural catastrophe events globally. This information includes flood extent and inundation measurements at the individual property level, enabling critical decision-making during natural catastrophes.

ICEYE owns and operates the world’s largest radar imaging satellite constellation, which is utilised to monitor floods around the globe, day and night, and even through cloud cover. In addition to flood data, the company has plans to expand its offering to include data on other natural catastrophe perils in the future.

Insurance companies can combine ICEYE’s unique flood observation data and analysis with their property insurance information to understand the impact of a flood and manage the loss more effectively. Government and emergency response users can also establish much faster situational awareness as an event develops to support more targeted response and recovery efforts. This data can be utilised via a simple API configuration that minimises decision-making delays.

“At Esri, we empower organisations by providing location intelligence to address some of society’s most fundamental challenges,” said Beau Legeer, Director of Imagery & Remote Sensing at Esri. “As a shifting climate exposes more communities to the threat of natural catastrophes, the data ICEYE provides will become increasingly valuable in efforts to monitor, analyse and respond to natural disasters.”

“Our expanded partnership with Esri is a key milestone in the evolution of ICEYE, and it extends the potential created by our unique hazard insights to a much broader base of organisations,” added Paul Barron, Global Head of Partnerships, ICEYE. “By providing faster, straight-through access to our natural catastrophe data to public and private entities globally, we can enable more in-depth analysis and data-led decision-making processes.”

Esri’s ArcGIS technology provides users with tools to support data capture, analysis and sharing. Integrated into enterprise systems and workflows, the technology enables detailed spatial analysis and real-time visualisation to improve response capabilities and operational awareness.


MDA and ICEYE sign agreement to integrate X-band SAR satellite into MDA’s CHORUS™ constellation


MDA Ltd. (TSX: MDA) and ICEYE today announced at the World Satellite Business Week event that they have entered into an agreement for ICEYE to supply an X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) spacecraft for CHORUS, MDA’s next generation commercial Earth observation mission. A collaborative multi-sensor constellation, CHORUS brings together diverse and unique imagery and data sources, changing how and when we see the world by providing a new level of real-time insight and innovative Earth observation services.

Building on the legendary RADARSAT program, CHORUS will include C-band and X-band SAR satellites operating in a unique mid-inclination orbit with day or night imaging in all weather conditions. An essential element of the CHORUS constellation, the X-band spacecraft will fly in the same mid-inclination orbit with the identical ground track as the MDA-built C-band SAR satellite.

This revolutionary approach will provide the most extensive radar imaging capacity available on the market, with higher imaging performance, higher frequency imaging, variable imaging times, more imaging time per orbit, fast tasking, faster delivery timelines and Near Real-Time (NRT) data exploitation aided by machine-learning and artificial intelligence.

Adding a trailing high-resolution X-band SAR satellite to a powerful C-band SAR satellite will also unlock new use cases, including tipping and cueing techniques that allow MDA’s leading broad area sensor to monitor an area of interest (the “tip”) and to zoom in on objects of interest (the “cue”) using the trailing high resolution sensor.

Combining C-band and X-band capabilities, CHORUS will significantly enhance existing services and enable new applications not feasible with existing SAR satellites. Features include:

  • Designed with a focus on maritime surveillance applications, CHORUS will have dedicated vessel detection imaging modes with an imaging capacity to collect an area equal to 40% of the global Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) – or over 55 million square kilometres – every day using the 25m Vessel Detection Mode.

  • CHORUS will enable a new level of precision all-weather satellite monitoring of icebergs in the North Atlantic. This is currently achieved by crewed aircraft observations supplemented with Earth observation satellite imagery.

  • The mission will enable tipping and cueing operations between wide area surveillance to high-resolution point target monitoring. This unique capability is especially useful, when fused with space-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, for use cases such as broad area ship detection and vessel classification to support dark vessel detection activities.

  • The X-band satellite will operate in a trailing orbit which will enhance image correlation, allowing for more effective image fusion, measurements, exploitation and event or object characterization.

The companies also announced that they have signed a separate distribution agreement that will allow MDA to sell ICEYE’s existing and future X-band data to select RADARSAT-2 customers as well as to develop value-added products to immediately take advantage of advanced information data integration and analytics from these two types of SAR sensors.

MDA owns and operates RADARSAT-2, one of the world’s most capable commercial broad-area imaging satellites. With over 20 imaging modes, and established customers in over 45 countries, RADARSAT-2 delivers operationally reliable products and services supporting a number of use cases, including marine surveillance, ice monitoring, disaster management, environmental monitoring, resource management and mapping.

ICEYE operates the world’s largest commercial constellation of SAR satellites and has launched 14 spacecraft to date. The company is planning to further expand its constellation with at least four additional satellites by mid-2022, with the objective of reaching an average access time of three hours anywhere on the globe.


“We are thrilled to be working with ICEYE to add the X-band satellite for our ground-breaking CHORUS constellation. We now have two best-in-class technologies working together in harmony to bring new insights and actionable data for our customers’ demanding requirements.  The agreement to distribute ICEYE data starting now to our RADARSAT-2 customers enables immediate action on the expansion of our information services roadmap.”
—   Mike Greenley, Chief Executive Officer, MDA

“With these pivotal agreements, we recognize an excellent opportunity to showcase the very best of ICEYE’s capabilities and expertise with MDA. ICEYE will ensure the latest high-performance X-band SAR satellite technology and data are seamlessly integrated and always available as part of MDA’s CHORUS constellation. We are very proud to strengthen our relationship with MDA and we look forward to delivering them with best-in-class SAR capability for many years to come.”
—   Rafal Modrzewski – Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, ICEYE