Pekka Laurila is the Chief Financial Officer and co-founder of ICEYE. ICEYE aims to launch and operate a constellation of micro-SAR satellites providing access to timely and reliable Earth observation data. ICEYE is the first company that has successfully miniaturized a SAR satellite, creating a unit that is 100x more cost-efficient than the closest counterpart. With the 18 satellite constellation, ICEYE will offer its partners a set of unprecedented surveillance capabilities, accessing an area or interest faster, more frequently and at a lower cost.
As CFO, Laurila has been instrumental in establishing company-wide financial procedures and raising funds for ICEYE, which has now received over $15M in recent capital infusions. As a Nordic native from Finland watching the Arctic ice caps melt, Laurila joined forces with Rafal Modrzewski to create synthetic-aperture radar(SAR) microsatellites in hopes of ensuring the sustainability of global warming research.
Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Laurila played an instrumental role in Finland’s Aalto University Nanosatellite Program, where he studied as a student of the Engineering and Geoinformation Systems program. Using this engineering and entrepreneurial experience, Laurila helped to co-found a spin-out company of Aalto University, which would later become ICEYE.
2018 Forbes – 30 under 30 Technology
Validation of ICEYE Small Satellite SAR Design for Ice Detection and Imaging; Pekka Laurila (ICEYE Ltd.) | Rafal Modrzewski (ICEYE Ltd.) | Tao Cheng, Victor Garas Yanni, Brad Campbell (Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company)