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Understanding types of satellite data acquisitions Starboard can ingest
Understanding types of satellite data acquisitions Starboard can ingest
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Written by Kelly Rummins
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Starboard can ingest and detect vessels using a range of satellite data sources for vessel detection and environmental monitoring.

We combine these satellite data sources with Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to identify dark vessels.

Available satellite data collection methods:

Sources of satellite data

How it works


Automatic Identification System

Capturing vessel transponder information


Radio Frequency

Measuring RF emissions from vessels’ navigational radars


Synthetic Aperture Radar

Backscatter (echoes) from metallic objects


Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Day-Night Band

Detection of low-light-level sources (i.e. general lights and lights used for fishing on vessels)


Optical imaging

Images of the surface across the visual and infrared spectrum

The satellite data collection methods vary in terms of coverage, detection probability, cost and latency. Detections and information from your on-water and aerial assets can also be ingested.

Our science team works with customers to recommend the most appropriate data types, suppliers and manage the tasking of satellites.

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