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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