UrtheCast is a Canadian-headquartered company with operations in the U.S. and Spain and is focused on the rapidly expanding Earth Observation and geoanalytics markets.Â UrtheCast currently operates four on-orbit sensors: Iris, the High Resolution Camera (HRC), and Theia, the Medium Resolution Camera (MRC), on the International Space Station (ISS); and through its new subsidiary Deimos Imaging, UrtheCast also operates the Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 satellites.
In June 2015, UrtheCast announced its plans to build, launch and operate the world’s first fully-integrated, multi-spectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) commercial constellation of Earth Observation satellites, which is now known as OptiSARâ„¢. The OptiSARâ„¢ Constellation is expected to comprise 16 satellites (8 optical and 8 SAR) flying in two orbital planes, with each plane consisting of four satellite pairs, equally-spaced around the orbital plane.Â Each pair of satellites will consist of a dual-mode, high-resolution optical satellite (video and pushbroom) and a dual-band high-resolution SAR satellite (X-band and L-band), flying in tandem. By employing two orbital planes, the Constellation will provide for maximum revisit rates in the mid-latitudes, while providing global coverage extending to the poles. OptiSARâ„¢ will be deployed over multiple launches and is expected to begin operations in 2020.Â The Constellation will provide what the Company anticipates to be unmatched space-imaging capabilities, enhancing support to both commercial and government customers alike with advanced ConOps such as all-weather 24/7 imaging, cross-cueing, and optimized tasking and dissemination capabilities.
In March 2016, UrtheCast announced its UrtheDailyâ„¢ 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.Â UrtheCast believes that, if realized, the 24 satellites of UrtheDailyâ„¢ and OptiSARâ„¢ will represent an unprecedented capability for daily global collection, monitoring, change detection, and tipping-and-cueing.
Special Information Session during GEOINT 2016:
UrtheCast will be hosting an Information and Q&A Session on the OptiSARâ„¢ and UrtheDailyâ„¢ 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.Â UrtheCast personnel will also be available for private, one-on-one meetings during GEOINT, as time allows.
Pre-registration for the Information Session is required by emailing Ms. Theras Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, title, company/agency, and contact information.
Note:Â This is not an open event; attendance is only open to employees of U.S. companies and the U.S. Government.Â UrtheCast reserves the right to deny access to all others.Â Identification will be required at the time of check-in.Â
About UrtheCast Corp.
UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. The Company currently operates four Earth Observation sensors in space, including two cameras aboard the International Space Station and two satellites, Deimos-1 and Deimos-2. Imagery and video data captured by these sensors is downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on UrtheCast’s cloud-based web platform, or distributed directly to partners and customers. UrtheCast is also developing and anticipates launching the world’s first fully-integrated constellation of multispectral optical and SAR satellites, called OptiSARâ„¢, in addition to its proposed UrtheDailyâ„¢ constellation concept, which the Company believes will together revolutionize monitoring of our planet with high-quality, medium and high-resolution, and high-coverage and high-revisit imagery in all weather conditions, any time of day. Common shares of UrtheCast trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ticker ‘UR’.