Irvine firm launches two new satellites

Finnish satellite maker Iceye successfully launched into orbit two satellites made in Irvine, adding to its interacting group of spacecraft designed to monitor Earth.

The company operates the world’s largest fleet of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, capable of viewing Earth’s surface day or night, even through thick cloud cover.

Iceye has now built six satellites in Irvine that have been launched into space, according to the Orange County Business Journal. The Irvine facility also serves as a mission operations center for U.S.-licensed spacecraft used to monitor natural disasters for humanitarian relief and natural-resource management, among other things.

Earlier this year, NASA awarded Iceye a five-year contract to receive data for its Earth Science Division.

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