Capella Space is an American space company. It is developing space-based radar Earth observation satellites equipped with synthetic-aperture radar that can penetrate clouds and work at night. The company is based in San Francisco, California, and it was founded by Payam Banazadeh, a former engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, and William Walter Woods.
The company was founded in 2016, has 75 employees and raised venture capital from investors such as Jerry Yang, Canaan Partners, Data Collective, and Spark Capital.
Capella plans to deploy a fleet of small radar satellites to provide regularly-updated imagery to the U.S. government and commercial customers. Capella is building and launching an initial block of seven "Whitney-class" satellites to provide high-resolution, radar imagery. Sequoia, the first of the group launched in August 2020. Two more Whitney satellites were launched on a SpaceX rideshare mission into a polar sun-synchronous orbit on 24 January 2021, and a further two are due to launch soon. After the seven Whitney-class satellites, Capella will assess demand to determine how many more satellites to launch.
Highest paying job titles at Capella Space include Software Engineer, Electrical Engineering Manager, and Business Development Director