Capella Space is a United States space company that aims to create capabilities for hourly, reliable, and persistent imagery of anywhere on the globe. It is developing space-based radar Earth observation satellites equipped with synthetic-aperture radar that can penetrate clouds and work at night. Founded by Payam Banazadeh, a former engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, and William Walter Woods, the company is based in San Francisco, California. Capella 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 are expected to launch on a SpaceX rideshare mission into a polar sun-synchronous orbit later in 2020. 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, Avionics Engineer, and Senior Full Stack Software Engineer