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.
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.