July 14, 2024
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Ursa Space partners with Japan's NEC to provide SAR data insights

WASHINGTON – Ursa Space Systems, a provider of satellite-derived intelligence, announced a new partnership with NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, to offer data services in Japan using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging. ).

The collaboration announced on June 20 combines NEC's existing monitoring service, which leverages SAR imagery, with Ursa Space's “virtual constellation” of satellite data partners.

Osa Space is based in Ithaca, New York. The company operates a platform that ingests data from a broad network of SAR and non-SAR satellite data providers, including optical, infrared, multispectral and hyperspectral.

NEC said in a press release that there is a growing demand for SAR data in various sectors in Japan, including disaster prevention and response, infrastructure management, resource exploration, agriculture, and environmental monitoring.

SAR satellites can collect data regardless of weather conditions. Unlike traditional cameras, SAR radar technology can penetrate clouds, smoke, and even volcanic ash.

Earlier this year, Ursa Space secured a contract with the US Space Force to provide SAR data in support of Japanese earthquake relief efforts in January.

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology, and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as NDIA's National Defense Editor…

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