US: OmniEarth has joined forged alliance with Draper Laboratory, Dynetics and Harris Corporation to build, launch and operate a constellation of 18 small satellites to provide global, high-resolution earth imagery on a daily basis. The team is seeking additional partners, investors and customers for the business venture. The estimated cost of the venture is $250 million, said Lars Dyrud, OmniEarth president and chief executive. The announcement was made during the on-going Space Symposium in Colorado.
In addition to imagery, OmniEarth plans to offer change-detection products and analytics to commercial, research and government organisations. Potential applications include agriculture, oil and natural gas exploration and production, mapping and geospatial services, emergency response, national security and mobile device support.
Draper will be responsible for OmniEarth specifications and systems engineering. Dynetics, an OmniEarth investor and partner, has completed initial design of the satellites. Dynetics plans to build OmniEarth spacecraft in its Huntsville, Alabama, Solutions Complex. Harris Corporation will be responsible for marketing space on each OmniEarth satellite for hosted payloads weighing as much as 80 kilograms and for payload integration.
Source: Space News