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.


Andrew Wallace

Andrew’s career spans electronics, sensing and communications. He has led commercial teams up to €1.3Bn in the satellite industry and has held a number of general management positions over 10 years with responsibilities up to €90m. Over the last 15 years Andrew has worked mainly in and with small tech businesses. He holds a degree from Cambridge in Maths, Physics and Engineering and an INSEAD MBA. He has lived and worked in 3 continents.

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.


David Blain

David’s career has been in the technical computing software industry. He led the launch of Bentley Systems in the UK and the middle east and then ran the EMEA division of Aveva for a number of years. David recently has focussed his energies on the development of small technical companies with innovative technology. He holds a degree in civil engineering and a master degree in mathematics.

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