Through training and work at NASA, Payam Banazadeh learned to what extent satellites contribute to the development of infrastructure that ensures the normal functioning of the modern world. He is also well aware of the shortcomings of satellite technology that is widely used today. Chief among them is the inherent shortcomings of today’s optical satellites.
Since people often see spectacular images of the Earth from space, people all over the world are familiar with these satellites. Such images can be employed in tracking geological events, locations, and weather patterns. But these satellites need light to function, and light originates from the Earth. Hence, the conventional systems don’t work in case there is a cloud or at night.
With traditional systems, you will get unreliable services, outdated data, and this transaction is for many people who want to benefit from better geospatial information. It’s very expensive. SAR solves reliability issues by allowing and guaranteeing data collection regardless of weather and light conditions. Capella created the infrastructure and customer experience to create 21st century on-demand solutions in real time.
Based on this optical satellite understanding, the entrepreneur proposed a hypothesis that satellites that are not subject to these limitations can find applications. After interviewing more than 200 companies and individuals, Payam Banazadeh found that the demand for satellite data continues, and these needs are more complete, reliable, and consistent than today’s optical satellites can provide. With this understanding, Payam Banazadeh launched Capella Space.
The basis of Capella Space’s pioneering satellite data collection method is synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology usage. Unlike traditional optical satellites (which function like cameras), SAR satellites emit their energy before collecting data depending on how energy gets back to the source. The procedure may provide a wide range of information about the Earth’s surface, such as the observed structure composition and the moisture content.
Since this technology is independent of external light sources, SAR satellites can work night and day. In addition, the energy can pass through the clouds, which means that the technology can work without weather problems. The result is that satellite systems can provide meaningful data regardless of ground conditions.