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1st Satellite Built by Irvine’s ICEYE US Is Launched

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The first satellite built by Irvine-based ICEYE US has been launched into orbit, the company said today.

“The ICEYE US team continues its rapid progress,” said Jerry Welsh, CEO of ICEYE US. “The launch of our first U.S. built and licensed satellite is a key milestone as we grow our U.S. operations and customer base.”

ICEYE US, a subsidiary of Finnish company ICEYE, launched the U.S.-built craft as one of a pair of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. SAR refers to satellites that can also produce images despite bad weather and at night.

Both satellites were launched on the SpaceX Transporter-3 smallsat rideshare mission with Exolaunch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Kevin Costelloe
Kevin Costelloe
Tech reporter at Orange County Business Journal

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