It has been years that Umbra Lab has maintained secrecy, but now they are disclosing information on their plans of launching constellation of about 50 kilogram synthetic aperture radar satellites. The satellites have the potential to click images with 25 centimeters resolution. CEO and founder of Umbra, David Langan said that they are disclosing details now since others in the market have started making business, chosen their technical ways and business strategies. Therefore, they should also be a little open and reveal their method to provide microsatellites that has extremely high performance levels.
Umbra has already finished testing and checking the potential of hardware of ten square meter deployable parabolic antennas. Now, they aim at sending off their first ever satellite to the orbit during 2020. Langan mentioned that he would not directly set launch date since there are certain factors included. Langan is a systems engineer and has already spent 10 years working on space based radars and space antennas which are under Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. He is sure that their first satellites would be ready by next year and that would mean many dates for launch in 2020.
Umbra was founded in 2015 by two friends, an entrepreneur named Gabe Dominocielo and Langan. And they had always stayed away from the limelight of publicity. According to leaked out information, it was known that Umbra had been awarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a license during 2018 for manufacturing a constellation that would provide resolution of 25 centimeter from satellites within the synchronous orbit of 515 kilometer circling the sun.
Further details were known after a few months during the period when investors like Hemisphere Ventures, Starbridge Venture Capital etc disclosed capital support for SAR startup. And now, Umbra is finally prepared to reveal technical details. As of October 1, 2019, Umbra has put up on their website details regarding power, capability and mass of their antennas.