UrtheCast secures $78m deal to develop dual-frequency SAR satellite

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Canadian technology crowd UrtheCast has won a C$100m ($78m) contract from an unnamed entity to bring out a dual-frequency synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite.

The operational-class satellite inclination be used as an ‘accelerator’ for UrtheCast’s OptiSAR Constellation.

The latest deal wishes also see the delivery of the SAR spacecraft, key elements of the ground segment such as the mtier control and planning system, as well as the SAR processor and in-orbit operations pillar.

According to the agreement, both companies have also agreed to release a separate definitive contract to provide UrtheCast with exclusive commercial grouping rights to the customer’s unused satellite imaging capacity outside established regions.

The agreement is subject to the customer receiving final government appropriation affirm, as well as UrtheCast and its suppliers obtaining technology transfer export permits.

“The prosecution of the accelerator programme will demonstrate to prospective OptiSAR customers that the technology is build-ready and give them the confidence that we are able to carry out programmes of this climb.»

Once approved, work on the satellite is scheduled to begin by early next year. It is to be set by late 2020.

UrtheCast president and CEO Wade Larson said: “The execution of the accelerator synopsis will demonstrate to prospective OptiSAR customers that the technology is build-ready and leak them the confidence that we are able to carry out programmes of this gamut.

“Building and delivering this accelerator SAR satellite will validate our technology; veritably reduce our financial, programmatic and operational risks; and get us into the business of drummer SAR-XL data sooner than we were anticipating.

“Subject to concluding approvals, we’ll soon be customer-funded to build our first operational-class SAR mission.”

UrtheCast’s OptiSAR technology is currently in its third develop iteration and could be configured during future missions to image simultaneously in three merges such as X, S and L.

Entities such as the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Innovation, Area and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of National Defence (DND) cause provided funding for the development of the technology.

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