Karman Fellow 2020
Co-founder & CEO
Rafal Modrzewski is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ICEYE. ICEYE is launching and operating a constellation of small radar imaging satellites, providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data.
ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturised a SAR satellite, making it possible to launch more units to reliably image any location on Earth, every few hours, every day, and at a lower cost. Since co-founding the project in 2012, which became the company in 2014, Modrzewski has been responsible for overseeing the organisation’s growth and implementing ICEYE’s overall vision. Modrzewski brings with him deep domain expertise in SAR engineering, and he received the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 Technology award based on the world-first achievements of ICEYE. Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Modrzewski researched innovative products at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) in the RFID and wireless sensing group. He attended Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, where he studied Electrical Engineering and co-founded the Multimedia Technologies Science Group. Modrzewski continued his studies in Radio Science and Engineering at Aalto University where he led the on-board data handling team working on Aalto-1, Finland’s first nanosatellite.