Analyze events as small as pipeline exposure in optical satellite data!

A lot of people have probably seen the satellite images of the ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal and the traffic jam of ships waiting to pass the canal… These ships of hundreds of meters long are easily detectable in the radar image.

But did you know that images from optical satellites can also be used to analyse much smaller objects and events? In the red circle in the image, a screenshot of our CoSMiC-EYE application, you can see a wash-out that has cause exposure of the pipeline. This is an event of only a couple of meters; still the optical satellite imagery is very helpful for analysing the event!

Do you want to know more about how we at Orbital Eye combine data from radar- and optical satellites to detect events as small as this wash-out? Send an email to and we will tell you all about it!