UrtheCast buys Deimos unit after it teams with SSTL to build constellation of optical/radar sats

by | Jun 23, 2015 | Satellites | 0 comments

UrtheCast Corp, the Canadian firm currently offering moving pictures of Earth locations taken from the International Space Station, has purchased the imaging division of Deimos Space (Part of Elecnor) for €74.2 million (US$84.5 million) – figures from Space News. The deal includes two spacecraft, the medium-resolution Deimos-1 and the high-resolution Deimos-2 spacecraft. The latter has a ground resolution of 0.75m.

The news came after an announcement that the firm has teamed up with the small satellite subsidiary of Airbus, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), to build a small constellation of eight radar and eight imaging satellites.

UrtheCast’s planned “Generation 3″ constellation will use high-resolution optical cameras and dual band SAR-synthetic aperture radars with both types using a common spacecraft platform/bus co-designed by the two firms.  SSTL was previously involved in the provision of a camera for taking moving high-resolution images from the ISS.  While its tracking platform had issues that resulted in a claim for insurance loss, the firm successfully demonstrated the concept. Click here to see moving London buses from space.

 

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