Who We Are

We’re a team of Technologists that work to provide precise deformation data.

We provide precise and up-to-date deformation monitoring services using data from satellite radar.

Founded by leading academics, Professors Andy Hooper and Tim Wright at the University of Leeds, SatSense offers deformation data at a far greater level of accuracy and granularity compared with other data suppliers.

Co-Founder & Director

Professor Tim Wright

Tim Wright is Professor of Satellite Geodesy at the University of Leeds and director of COMET, the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics. He has pioneered the development of InSAR for measurement of tectonic deformation due to continental collision and magmatic rifting. He jointly leads a major academic project that is using Sentinel-1 InSAR to map tectonic strain globally. He has received numerous awards for his academic work including the American Geophysical Union’s Geodesy Section Award (2014) and the Royal Astronomical Society’s Harold Jeffreys Lectureship (2017). He co-founded SatSense in 2018 and is a company director.

Co-Founder & Director

Professor Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper is Professor of Geodesy and Geophysics at the University of Leeds. He has pioneered the development of new algorithms to accurately extract deformation of the ground from time series of satellite radar images, which are now widely used in the community (StaMPS). He led the long-term deformation effort in a major European project, FUTUREVOLC, which established an integrated volcanological monitoring procedure in Iceland, and is now leading the work to integrate and model geophysical, geochemical and petrological monitoring data in the EUROVOLC project. In 2016 he was awarded the James B. Macelwane medal by the American Geophysical Union. He co-founded SatSense in 2018 and is a company director.


Matthew Bray

Matthew is excited by dynamic businesses making their mark on the industry, and joined the SatSense team after being blown away by the potential of the technology and the strength of the technical team. He’s held Technical, Sales, Commercial and General Management roles. In joining SatSense, Matthew returns to the North after a spell down south for study and work, latterly spending 10 years helping grow a VC-backed Cambridge technology spin-out to market leader, and ultimately acquisition by Volution Group plc. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, a masters in engineering management and a PhD in engineering from Cambridge, and believes that with clear direction and hard work you will be amazed with what you can achieve. He is happily married with two children, two dogs, two Land Rovers, two motorbikes and one wife.


John McArthur

Prior to joining SatSense, John was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of another successful University of Leeds spin-out company Tracsis Plc. This technology and services business was formed in 2004, IPO’ed in 2007 and during John’s 15 year tenure grew revenues in excess of £60M and a market capitalisation of over £250M.  John has a background in early stage venture capital having worked for Techtran Limited and IP Group Plc and started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co.  He holds a first class degree in Management Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Lead Engineer

Karsten Spaans

Karsten is a remote sensing specialist with over 10 years of experience in InSAR processing on large scales in academic and commercial settings. He currently heads up the technical team at SatSense. Before that, Karsten did a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, specialising in Earth and Planetary Observation, from Delft University of Technology, as well as a PhD degree from the University of Leeds, in Geodesy and Geophysics.

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