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Capella Space using AI to automate ship identification

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May29,2024

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Capella Space, a company that builds and operates synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites to image the Earth, developed a tool to automate the identification of vessels captured by satellite images.

David Hemphill, senior product manager at Capella Space, told SpaceNews May 6 at the GEOINT Symposium that the vessel classification data can be integrated with satellite-tasking software applications. “Users can request both SAR imagery and vessel classification analysis during the tasking process,” he said. 

The system also uses artificial intelligence for historical analysis, enabling classification on imagery within Capella’s archive. “Analysts can pinpoint locations of interest within SAR imagery and gain immediate insights into vessel types,” said Hemphill. “This can be used to track activity in ports, shipping lanes or other areas.” 

Capitalizing on the surging demand for maritime surveillance and maritime domain awareness, companies like Capella Space and others in the SAR imaging industry are rolling out products to give customers greater visibility into maritime activities.

Four SAR satellites

Headquartered in San Francisco, Capella Space operates four SAR satellites and is planning to launch more, said Hemphill. 

The vessel classification tool uses technology developed by the defense contractor EMSI, which specializes in using SAR data and AI to track moving maritime targets. 

Hemphill stressed that the vessel classification technology is about turning data into information. “You don’t necessarily have to be able to interpret SAR imagery in order to be able to do this vessel classification, which is opening up SAR to a broader audience.”

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “Capella Space using AI to automate ship identification”
  1. It’s fascinating to see how Capella Space is leveraging AI to automate ship identification through SAR satellites. The integration of vessel classification data with satellite-tasking software applications opens up new opportunities for efficient monitoring of maritime activities. The historical analysis enabled by artificial intelligence adds a layer of depth to the insights gained from SAR imagery. This innovation definitely caters to the growing demand for enhanced maritime surveillance.

  2. It’s fascinating how Capella Space is leveraging AI to automate ship identification. This innovative approach not only enhances vessel classification but also provides valuable insights for maritime surveillance. The integration of SAR imagery with vessel analysis is a significant step forward in tracking maritime activities. Exciting times for the industry!

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