Expanded access to SAR data for machine learning

September 5th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Capella Space, an information services company that provides on-demand earth observation imagery, has partnered with SpaceNet, a non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating open source, artificial intelligence (AI) applied research for geospatial applications. Capella joins the collaborative SpaceNet partnership alongside In-Q-Tel’s (IQT) CosmiQ Works, Maxar Technologies, Intel AI and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company’s addition to the partnership presents an opportunity to expand the non-profit’s existing geospatial open source research to a new data type, synthetic aperture radar (SAR). Opening access to this data will help broaden the use of high-quality SAR in a variety of geospatial analytic applications. There is great potential in applying machine learning to SAR data for a range of applications, from natural disaster response to monitoring global supply chain activity, but the industry still faces significant barriers to adoption. Developers and data scientists lack open data and software tools. The company seeks to overcome these obstacles through its partnership and the development of a new SAR user community. The Capella User Community will broaden the adoption of high-resolution SAR data to solve a range of global issues. Data scientists and software engineers will have access to free and open Capella data along with tools and techniques to work more easily with SAR data. The company invites academics, non-government organizations (NGOs), governments, and companies to join its user community.

Contact Capella Space, info@capellaspace.com

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