US: UrtheCast on last Friday invited applications to U.S. companies interested in potential long-term strategic partnership with UrtheCast's planned OptiSAR Constellation, as well as its proposed UrtheDaily Constellation concept, to U.S. Government customers. The company, therefore, released a Request for Information (RFI) for companies interested.
As this "reverse RFI" is expected to be issued in early Q3 of 2016, UrtheCast will be hosting a special information session, exclusively for employees of U.S. companies and the U.S. Government, during the 2016 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Symposium (GEOINT 2016) in order to solicit input and ideas on how to optimally structure the RFI.
Having received strong interest in our satellite constellation capabilities roadmap from U.S. Government customers, UrtheCast has signed a five-year Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), as announced on April 4, 2016. UrtheCast has also received expressions of interest from several U.S. companies.
In March 2016, UrtheCast announced its UrtheDaily Constellation concept, consisting of eight additional electro-optical satellites equiphased in a sun synchronous orbit and designed to provide coverage of the Earth's entire landmasses in six-band multi-spectral imagery every single day. UrtheCast believes that, if realized, the 24 satellites of UrtheDaily and OptiSAR will represent an unprecedented capability for daily global collection, monitoring, change detection, and tipping-and-cueing.
UrtheCast will be hosting an Information and Q&A Session on the OptiSAR and UrtheDaily constellation roadmap during GEOINT 2016 on the afternoon of Monday, May 16, 2016, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The exact time and location will be provided to those who register for the event. UrtheCast personnel will also be available for private, one-on-one meetings during GEOINT, as time allows.