(12 May 2014) Dauria Aerospace and Elecnor Deimos have announced a joint partnership to develop Deimos Perseus, the first satellite constellation to provide frequent imaging of the entire Earth.
These satellites will carry high quality multispectral sensors that provide for automated identification of ground features such as crop types, their vigor, and stage in the growing cycle.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dauria in an effort to push the boundaries of small satellite imagery and create the first satellite constellation of its kind. By 2016, Deimos Perseus will be able to image the entire earth on a daily basis,” says Fabrizio Pirondini at Elecnor Deimos. “Deimos Perseus will allow for in-depth monitoring of wild fires, floods, crop yields, forest composition, among other agricultural and forestry data processing.”
Elecnor Deimos currently operates Deimos-1, an earth imaging satellite deployed in 2009, which provides wideband imagery with frequent revisits of each territory. Deimos-1 will be combined with Dauria Aerospace’s eight Perseus-O satellites and utilize a ground segment developed by Dauria and Elecnor Deimos for imagery receipt and data processing.
“The collaboration between Elecnor Deimos and Dauria will set a new standard in the small satellite industry and be in a position to better serve the rapidly growing demand for high quality, affordable space-based information services, data and communications,” says Mike Kokorich, founder and president of Dauria Aerospace. “With our innovative approach to the Deimos Perseus satellite constellation, companies around the world can benefit from frequent, whole-Earth imaging and advanced data analysis.”
The first four Perseus-O satellites are scheduled for deployment in early 2015, with the remaining four planned for the third quarter of that year. Furthermore, Dauria and Elecnor Deimos are each planning to launch additional satellites this summer. Dauria is scheduled to launch two Perseus-M – maritime surveillance satellites developed by Canopus Systems US. Elecnor Deimos is planning to launch a very-high resolution Deimos-2 satellite on board of a “Dnepr” launch vehicle. DX1, another satellite by Dauria Aerospace, is scheduled for launch on a “Soyuz” rocket. All four launches are slated to occur on June 19th.
Dauria received a $20 million investment from I2BF Global Ventures in October 2013 to support the Deimos Perseus constellation.
About Dauria Aerospace
Dauria Aerospace is a multinational aerospace company providing global data, communication and remote sensing information through the deployment of small satellite constellations. The company develops and manufactures low-cost small satellites to bring Earth imaging data directly to its customers. Additionally, by using design innovation and leveraging the rapid technology advances in smallsat components, Dauria develops lower-cost, higher performing satellites. Dauria is headquartered in Munich and has two satellite development centers at NASA Ames Research Center in California and in Skolkovo, Russia.
About Elecnor Deimos
Deimos is the technology branch of Elecnor, specialized in the design, engineering and development of solutions and system integration within the fields of space, information and communication technologies.
Elecnor Deimos is a satellite integrator specializing in Earth Observation missions on a turnkey basis with in orbit delivery, and also develops activities such as Mission Analysis, System Engineering, Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC), Attitude and Orbit Control (AOCS), Ground Segment Systems, On-board Software Systems.
Elecnor Deimos participates in all phases of a space mission design and development, for the majority of ESA missions so the company gathers a considerable expertise and capabilities in Space Programmes including the ability to carry out space missions, such as leading its own Earth Observation mission: DEIMOS-1 and very high resolution satellite DEIMOS-2 integrated on dedicated company facilities built for that purpose in Puertollano, Spain.
(source: Dauria Space)
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