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A World of Data to Uncover

Food scarcity, forest fires, climate change — it's all connected.

SAR has revolutionized how we study Earth. Now, SpaceAlpha's flagship technology, SAR-XL, combines next-gen innovations to improve our understanding of the planet and help us all thrive. 

"INTERFEROMETRIC SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR DATA HAVE TRANSFORMED EARTH SCIENCE." — SCIENCE.ORG

"INTERFEROMETRIC SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR DATA HAVE TRANSFORMED EARTH SCIENCE." — SCIENCE.ORG

Habitat & Wetland Mapping

From wetlands and habitat changes to deforestation and biomass estimation, with XL data, land can be classified and mapped, while identifying vegetation type, biomass, soil moisture content, and more.

Drought & Precipitation

Because of SAR's ability to image below smoke and at night — with simultaneous bands  — XL data can enable heightened detection, tracking, and management of forest fires.

Glacier & Snowpack Melt

SAR-XL is designed to provide accurate measurements, down to the millimeter. Time-series analysis of XL data provides a better understanding of accelerated glacier melt, which impacts water supplies, especially during times of drought.

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Flooding & Landslides

SAR-XL is designed to detect, track, and predict floods based on surrounding vegetation, land feature changes, and land subsidence.

Wildfire Management

SAR-XL technology is well suited to the detection and prediction of fires, thanks in part to its ability to collect data through cloud, smoke, and darkness, all with multiple bands.

Sea-level Rise

With SAR interferometry (inSAR), we can better measure and predict sea level rise and coastal subsidence, down to the millimetre. Captured over time, XL land data will reveal long-term trends that would be otherwise imperceptible. This will have a significant impact on coastal ecology and infrastructure.

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Our planet is under pressure. And it demands XL solutions.

From flood management to agriculture and every application in between. SAR-XL is the only system designed to cover immense swaths of land, while simultaneously capturing high-res data of critical hot spots, enabling heightened analysis.

SAR-XL Applications ↓

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IN FOCUS

Agriculture, Water, Forest Fires

Seas, deserts, forests, mountains — XL data is perfect for applications that span millions of miles but require sub-metric data for specific areas of interest. By integrating high-speed onboard processing with in-space AI and machine learning, SAR-XL technology allows for novel capabilities like 'tipping-and-cueing'. 

Agricultural Monitoring

Key Global Challenges

  1. Accessibility  Developing regions and small-scale farmers lack access to high-quality, affordable data and tools

  2. Adoption  In developed regions, there has yet to be rapid adoption of available data and tools

The SAR-XL Difference

Improved Land Analysis

SAR-XL allows for greater accuracy, wide-area coverage, and high-resolution data delivery. This data, which is processed onboard the satellite, can be analyzed in an instant. Over time, this allows for more precise predictive farming. 

Size Meets Precision

Simultaneous bands make for improved data utility. L-band data provides wide-area coverage, while X-band data allows high-res accuracy, for improved analysis. 

Massive Coverage

Huge swaths of land can be coverd, with strips as wide as 400km. When combined with high sensitivity to soil and crop characteristics, this can significantly increase the utility.

 

In-space Processing 

High-speed processing, AI, and ML allow for reduced latency with efficient, accurate analysis Pre-processing allows for better utility Augments optical and SAR datasets. 

Key Areas of SAR Application

Crop Analysis  classification, yield estimates, growth projections

Soil Moisture  below thick foliage and crops

Land Analysis — field size, composition, etc.

Integrations  hydrological and crop-growth models

Monitoring — over the growing season, and year over year

Detection — agricultural activities, harvest sizes, weather damage

of the globe's freshwater is used for agriculture

70%

people are food insecure, while rural women and children are along the worst effected 

2.3B

of rural livelihoods are tied to agriculture

~86%

"NOW, AGRICULTURE IS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF YET ANOTHER REVOLUTION, AT THE HEART OF WHICH LIE DATA AND CONNECTIVITY. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ANALYTICS, CONNECTED SENSORS, AND OTHER EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES COULD FURTHER INCREASE YIELS, IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF WATER AND OTHER INPUTS, AND BUILD SUSTAINABILTIY AND RESILIANCE ACROSS CROP CULTIVATION AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY."

 

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"[SAR] HAS EMERGED AS A PROMISING TOOL FOR RAPID AND ACCURATE MONITORING OF WETLAND EXTENT AND TYPE. BY ACQUIRING INFORMATION ON THE ROUGHNESS AND MOISTURE CONTENT OF THE SURFACE, SAR OFFERS UNIQUE POTENTIAL FOR WETLAND MONITORING."

 

ADELI ET AL. →

Water Management

Key Issues

Efficient water management — aided by technological innovations like SAR-XL — is critical to reducing water wastage and flooding. With SAR data, we can determine everything from water body dimensions to water-flow rates, while measuring and predicting floods. 

Fresh water will continue to be an increasingly precious resource as human populations grow and flock to arid urban centers. As a result, freshwater reserves will continue to be depleted, large-scale agriculture will demand more irrigation, and wetlands will remain threatened.

Key Applications for SAR-XL

Agricultural irrigation planning

Mapping surface water

Flood monitoring and prediction

Tracking transformation of wetlands and aquifers

Snowpack and permafrost changes

Coastline water level measurement

SAR-XL Management Highlights

L-band SAR

Penetrates soil to determine water content for uses like irrigation, while also determining crop health and near real-time flood monitoring.

Digital Elevation Models

Can be determined and applied to characterize watersheds and hydrological changes.

Faster Mapping

Thanks to SAR’s sensitivity to water content, which helps to map surface water and measure soil moisture content.

SAR Accuracy

An accuracy of over 95% improves monitoring over time.

Improved automated classification, tracking, and learning over time — including onboard processing, AI, and machine learning — which will result in more timely and useful data. While singleband SAR poses issues when studying water systems, combined bands can add much needed accuity.

What's Next

Forest Fire Monitoring

The Human Impact

The prevalence of forest fires is rising across the globe, along with the associated costs, which can turn deadly. Rising global temperatures have lead to dry conditions, which in turn leads to increased fire activity. The ramifications for people and wildlife can be catastrophic. In turn, forest fires have proven to be significant contributors to global warming.

The Difference SAR-XL Makes

Because of SAR's ability to image below smoke and at night — and with multiple bands employed at once — SAR-XL data can provide heightened detection, tracking, and management of forest fires.

 

Once fires are detected, SAR-XL can support management tools and improve the implementation of post-fire stability indices. These indices include severity mapping and enable future technological research, including forest fire analysis of change rates, fire severity, and recovery dynamics.

 

Massive Coverage

Thanks to its huge swath width of up to 400 kms, SAR-XL is designed to capture millions of kilometres of data daily.

 

Millions in Cost Savings

Better data utility makes for reduced long-term costs related to emergency response and infrastructure loss.

Improved Safety

With improved data utility and detection comes quicker response and more robust mitigation efforts.

Key SAR-XL Benefits

"SINCE 2000, 15 FOREST FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE CAUSED AT LEAST $1 BILLION IN DAMAGES EACH, MAINLY FROM THE LOSS OF HOMES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, ALONG WITH FIRE FIGHTING COSTS."

 

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"Wildfires release carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere, exacerbating global warming, and in severe cases, irreparably damaging forest ecosystems."

GLOBAL FOREST WATCH

of freshwater is used for agriculture

70%

of freshwater is used for agriculture

70%

of freshwater is used for agriculture

70%

Agriculture

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With low latency and wide area coverage, SAR-XL data can be analyzed instantly, which over time allows for predictive farming. This is well designed to support existing agricultural tech technology, data collection, and analysis.

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of freshwater is used for agriculture

$40B

of freshwater is used for agriculture

$40B

was the monetary cost of forest fires in Alaska and California, 2017-2018

$40B

Forest Fires

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Because of SAR's ability to image below smoke and at night — and with multiple bands employed at once — SAR-XL data can provide heightened detection, tracking, and management of forest fires. Once detected, SAR information products can support ongoing management.

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"INTERFEROMETRIC SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR DATA HAVE TRANSFORMED EARTH SCIENCE." — SCIENCE.ORG

"[SAR] HAS EMERGED AS A PROMISING TOOL FOR RAPID AND ACCURATE MONITORING OF WETLAND EXTENT AND TYPE. BY ACQUIRING INFORMATION ON THE ROUGHNESS AND MOISTURE CONTENT OF THE SURFACE, SAR OFFERS UNIQUE POTENTIAL FOR WETLAND MONITORING."

 

ADELI ET AL. →

Water Management

Key Issues

Efficient water management — aided by technological innovations like SAR-XL — is critical to reducing water wastage and flooding. With SAR data, we can determine everything from water body dimensions to water-flow rates, while measuring and predicting floods. 

Fresh water will continue to be an increasingly precious resource as human populations grow and flock to arid urban centers. As a result, freshwater reserves will continue to be depleted, large-scale agriculture will demand more irrigation, and wetlands will remain threatened.

Key Applications for SAR-XL

Agricultural irrigation planning

Mapping surface water

Flood monitoring and prediction

Tracking transformation of wetlands and aquifers

Snowpack and permafrost changes

Coastline water level measurement

SAR-XL Management Highlights

L-band SAR

Penetrates soil to determine water content for uses like irrigation, while also determining crop health and near real-time flood monitoring.

Digital Elevation Models

Can be determined and applied to characterize watersheds and hydrological changes.

Faster Mapping

Thanks to SAR’s sensitivity to water content, which helps to map surface water and measure soil moisture content.

SAR Accuracy

An accuracy of over 95% improves monitoring over time.

Improved automated classification, tracking, and learning over time — including onboard processing, AI, and machine learning — which will result in more timely and useful data. While singleband SAR poses issues when studying water systems, combined bands can add much needed accuity.

What's Next

Agricultural Monitoring

Key Global Challenges

  1. Accessibility  Developing regions and small-scale farmers lack access to high-quality, affordable data and tools

  2. Adoption  In developed regions, there has yet to be rapid adoption of available data and tools

 

Crop Analysis  classification, yield estimates, growth projections

Soil Moisture  below thick foliage and crops

Land Analysis — field size, composition, etc.

Integrations  hydrological and crop-growth models

Monitoring — over the growing season, and year over year

Detection — agricultural activities, harvest sizes, weather damage

Key Areas of SAR Application

 

The SAR-XL Difference

Improved Land Analysis

SAR-XL allows for greater accuracy, wide-area coverage, and high-resolution data delivery. This data, which is processed onboard the satellite, can be analyzed in an instant. Over time, this allows for more precise predictive farming. 

Size Meets Precision

Simultaneous bands make for improved data utility. L-band data provides wide-area coverage, while X-band data allows high-res accuracy, for improved analysis. 

Massive Coverage

Huge swaths of land can be coverd, with strips as wide as 400km. When combined with high sensitivity to soil and crop characteristics, this can significantly increase the utility.

 

In-space Processing 

High-speed processing, AI, and ML allow for reduced latency with efficient, accurate analysis Pre-processing allows for better utility Augments optical and SAR datasets. 

"NOW, AGRICULTURE IS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF YET ANOTHER REVOLUTION, AT THE HEART OF WHICH LIE DATA AND CONNECTIVITY. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ANALYTICS, CONNECTED SENSORS, AND OTHER EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES COULD FURTHER INCREASE YIELD, IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF WATER AND OTHER INPUTS, AND BUILD SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE ACROSS CROP CULTIVATION AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY."

 

MCKINSEY GROUP →

Agricultural Monitoring

Key Global Challenges

  1. Accessibility  Developing regions and small-scale farmers lack access to high-quality, affordable data and tools

  2. Adoption  In developed regions, there has yet to be rapid adoption of available data and tools

The SAR-XL Difference

Improved Land Analysis

SAR-XL allows for greater accuracy, wide-area coverage, and high-resolution data delivery. This data, which is processed onboard the satellite, can be analyzed in an instant. Over time, this allows for more precise predictive farming. 

Size Meets Precision

Simultaneous bands make for improved data utility. L-band data provides wide-area coverage, while X-band data allows high-res accuracy, for improved analysis. 

Massive Coverage

Huge swaths of land can be coverd, with strips as wide as 400km. When combined with high sensitivity to soil and crop characteristics, this can significantly increase the utility.

 

In-space Processing 

High-speed processing, AI, and ML allow for reduced latency with efficient, accurate analysis Pre-processing allows for better utility Augments optical and SAR datasets. 

Crop Analysis  classification, yield estimates, growth projections

Soil Moisture  below thick foliage and crops

Land Analysis — field size, composition, etc.

Integrations  hydrological and crop-growth models

Monitoring — over the growing season, and year over year

Detection — agricultural activities, harvest sizes, weather damage

Key Areas of SAR Application

of the globe's freshwater is used for agriculture

70%

people are food insecure, while rural women and children are along the worst effected 

2.3B

of rural livelihoods are tied to agriculture

~86%

"NOW, AGRICULTURE IS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF YET ANOTHER REVOLUTION, AT THE HEART OF WHICH LIE DATA AND CONNECTIVITY. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ANALYTICS, CONNECTED SENSORS, AND OTHER EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES COULD FURTHER INCREASE YIELS, IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF WATER AND OTHER INPUTS, AND BUILD SUSTAINABILTIY AND RESILIANCE ACROSS CROP CULTIVATION AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY."

 

MCKINSEY GROUP →

Agricultural Monitoring: Critical Challenges

2.3B

people are food insecure; largely rural women and children

70%

of the planet's freshwater is used for agriculture

86%

of rural livelihoods are tied to agriculture

Water Management: Critical Challenges

70%

of all deaths related to natural disasters were water-related 

844M

people lack access to clean, affordable water

50%

of the world's wetlands havebeen lost or degraded

Forest Fire Management: Critical Challenges

~85%

of forest fires are caused by human activity, but likely more

$40B

was the cost of forest fires, 2017 to 2018, in California and Alaska

4.5M

of U.S. homes are at high or extreme risk of wildfire (Verisk Insurance)

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