Wednesday 21 June 2023

Vessel Detection: Reliable Vessel Detection, Day or Night, Independent of Cloud Cover

  • News Article
  • Space
Capella Space Stand: SP13
Vessel Detection: Reliable Vessel Detection, Day or Night, Independent of Cloud Cover


Capella Space offers vessel detection as an enrichment to our very high resolution (VHR) image tasking service for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

Customers tasking waterbodies such as ports, anchorages, shipping lanes, channels, canals, rivers, exclusive economic zones, or restricted water areas can automate vessel detection to extract insights from Capella's imagery products.


SUPPORT HUMAN-IN-THE-LOOP WORKFLOWS - Gain productivity in locating and counting vessels, enabling analysts to focus on higher-level activities.

QUICKLY ADD SAR CAPABILITY TO EXISTING SERVICES - Easily incorporate SAR into maritime domain awareness service offerings, uncovering information across the globe-even during the night and on waterbodies prone to cloud cover.

MONITOR KEY PARTS AND WATERWAYS - Combine with Capella Monitoring and Repeat Tasking to regularly monitor for maritime traffic congestion, track vessel counts over time, and identify anomalies.


Capella's Vessel Detection is based on SAR data, locating vessels regrdless of clouds and weather and enabling reliable monitoring during nighttime, twilight, and daylight hours. Utilizing Capella's agile satellite constellation, locations may be tasked on-demand or at regular intervals to monitor critical situations and locations of interest. Capella provides a deep learning, computer vision-based approach for detecting vessels within a Capella SAR image. Capella imagery with Vessel Detection is delivered through the Capella Console web application, API, or a customer's designated AWS S3 bucket. The analytic product is provided in standard geospatial file formats that can be opened using any GIS software and easily integrated into existing operational workflows.


Author Details
Capella Space Capella Space

Capella Space is an American space tech company with data and satellite solutions for government and commercial use. A pioneer in the Earth observation industry, Capella is the first U.S. company with a constellation of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites, delivering the best quality, highest resolution SAR imagery commercially available. Capella provides easy access to frequent and timely information affecting dozens of industries worldwide, including defense and intelligence, supply chain, insurance, maritime and others. Its market-leading SAR satellites are matched with unparalleled data infrastructure to quickly deliver reliable global insights that sharpen our understanding of the changing world - improving decisions about commerce, conservation, and security on Earth. Headquartered in San Francisco, California with additional locations in Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C., Capella's satellites are operated, designed and manufactured in the USA.

Learn more at

Related Content

Supported By


ministry of defence

supported by

uk defence and security exports