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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mercia Fund Managers is a third party fund management business focused on both raising and investing capital into innovative companies from the UK. They are focused on scaling innovative, early stage companies like SatSense, and providing both equity and debt finance to small businesses nationally, with a strong emphasis on the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland.
Unipart Rail is the leading provider of supply chain solutions and technology to the rail industry with extensive expertise in Infrastructure, Signalling and Traction & Rolling Stock. Unipart Rail invested in SatSense because it presents an exciting prospect in rail and infrastructure. The emerging Earth Observation market provides scope for considerable growth over the next decade and the resolution and accuracy of SatSense’s software creates new opportunities to better monitor and manage critical infrastructure.
The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research.The University of Leeds work with academics to find ways in which they can take novel research with commercial potential to market. University of Leeds worked with the founder academics, Andy Hooper and Tim Wright, to build the commercial proposition and secure investment.