Earth observation and satellite data applications

West Yorkshire is at the forefront of several areas key to the Earth observation sector including AI and synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

West Yorkshire has world leading expertise across several technologies which are key to the Earth observation sector

The region is at the forefront of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and is home to a number of companies with world class expertise in passive and active radar technologies and sensors, developing sophisticated hardware and software products for the industry.

As a world renowned centre for AI and data analytics, West Yorkshire is experiencing significant growth in this area of the space sector, driven by academic expertise and industry collaboration.

Companies in the region specialise in areas such as satellite data analytics, geospatial intelligence, infrastructure asset and environmental monitoring, and disaster management. Their innovative solutions are sought after not only locally but also on a national and international scale.

Their contribution to environmental planning, agriculture and urban planning positions the companies in West Yorkshire as key players in this evolving landscape. These collaborations between industry and academia have led to a number of spin out companies from the universities in the region who use synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and Earth observation technologies to monitor critical infrastructure from space such as transport infrastructure which is susceptible to ground movements and seismic activity.

Discover more about the great companies in our Earth observation and satellite data sector.