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ICEYE announces new launches to meet growing demand

(31 March 2021 - ICEYE) ICEYE announced today $50M in signed contracts last year for radar satellite imaging services, solutions, and satellite missions.

This represents nearly 10X growth from the previous year. ICEYE’s real-time Earth observation capabilities transform existing businesses and government processes by adding substantial efficiency with specific knowledge about ongoing events around the globe. Ten new satellite missions are planned for 2021 to meet growing customer demand for data.

ICEYE is a pioneer in creating solutions relevant for natural catastrophe response with satellite imaging augmented with third-party data and real-time flood analysis. Earlier this month, the company announced a strategic partnership with Swiss Re, one of the world's leading reinsurers. Through this partnership, Swiss Re is able to generate fast and accurate portfolio and event-level loss numbers for the industry.

The $50M in contracts signed represents relationships with customers in governments and in the commercial sector serving several vertical markets. In order to meet the increased customer demand for data, ICEYE plans to launch more satellites this year than originally forecasted, with a total of 10 new missions. The next launch is booked for mid-2021, including a next-generation satellite with new and innovative capabilities. With these new launches, ICEYE strengthens its delivery of best-in-class persistent monitoring services for its customers.

An example of ICEYE’s rapid flood analysis which is based on ICEYE radar satellite data. This analysis is from the late March floods in Australia, created within 24 hours from the high water mark of the flood. Insurers use these rapid flood analyses to evaluate the scope of damages with unprecedented speed and accuracy and pay claims faster. (courtesy: ICEYE)

“We are very excited to see the solutions business growing so fast. The satellites are primarily a data collection tool. ICEYE is a data company and its mission transforms businesses with the use of real-time earth observation,” said Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-founder of ICEYE. “With the momentum built up last year, ICEYE continues as the foremost provider of SAR data and solutions based on radar satellite imaging in the world.”

As ICEYE’s growth accelerates, key executives have been recently hired to its leadership team: Alan Thompson as VP Engineering, Shay Strong as VP Analytics, Marita Markkula as VP Marketing, Susan Repo as CFO and Steven Scheers as Head of People & Culture.

Alan Thompson, VP Engineering at ICEYE, is a leading satellite radar engineer with more than twenty years at MDA, including ten years as Chief Systems Engineer for the Canadian RADARSAT Constellation Mission. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT.

Shay Strong, VP Analytics at ICEYE, joins the company with over two decades in research and leadership in developing and deploying machine learning algorithms for remote sensing imagery. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and has previously worked at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, OmniEarth, EagleView, and Rebellion Defense.

Marita Markkula, VP Marketing at ICEYE, is a growth-driven branding, marketing, comms and business strategist with two decades of experience and high impact in international, commercial teams. She joins ICEYE from F-Secure Corporation.

Susan Repo, CFO at ICEYE, joins with more than twenty years of finance, legal and senior leadership roles, including serving as the finance executive leader at Tesla for five years where she served as VP Finance and Corporate Treasurer as well as CFO for Tesla Finance. She also served on the Board of Directors for Tesla’s global subsidiaries from 2013-2018, including SolarCity during 2016-2017.

Steven Scheers, Head of People & Culture at ICEYE, has three decades of HR experience in international leadership positions including Chief Human Resources Officer at TNT Express, AVG and AVAST. He has guided several organizations through high growth periods and international expansions.

About ICEYE

ICEYE empowers commercial and government partners with unmatched persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on Earth. The company helps customers make informed, data-driven decisions to address time-critical challenges in various industries, to ensure infrastructure safety, and to protect the environment. ICEYE’s radar satellite imaging service, designed to deliver very frequent coverage, both day and night, helps clients resolve challenges in sectors such as maritime, disaster management, insurance, and finance.