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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brazilian MoD Orders Imagery from Deimos Imaging

The Brazilian Ministry of Defense's Aeronautics Command (COMAER) has awarded a contract worth $2.6 million to Deimos Imaging, a subsidiary of UrtheCast Corp.

Under the deal, Deimos will provide the Brazilian MoD with Earth observation imagery from the Deimos-2 satellite. Data provided will include new imagery collected by the Deimos-2 satellite in addition to access to Deimos' archived imagery. The contract will last three years and payments will be spread out equally over the three year period. It also includes an option to extend the length of the contract to five years, total.

Deimos-2 lifted off aboard a Russian-built Dnepr launch vehicle in June 2014. While the satellite is part of a movement in the satellite industry towards smaller satellites, its launch mass of 300 kilograms means its larger than many competitors' satellites, such as those of Planet Labs. Deimos' satellites will eventually be integrated into a network of optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites being built by UrtheCast.

Contracts with militaries will be an important source of revenue for small satellite operators. Industry incumbents, like DigitalGlobe, have made millions by selling imagery to the U.S. Department of Defense. With other companies entering the market, they will seek out contracts with the U.S. as well as other governments.

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