Dauria creates nanosatellites, set to develop “whole fleet”
11 Dec '12
Dauria, a private hi-tech satellite developer and resident of the Skolkovo innovation hub outside Moscow, has won a tender held by Roscosmos, the Russian federal space exploration program operator, for a total of $9.8m to build nanosatellites, news agency RIA Novosti reports.
The tender was announced on October 19 with a maximum contract price of $9.8m. Dauria’s bid was for the maximum; the only other contender, the Progress design bureau from Samara, in the Lower Volga area, offered a $9.3m bid. However, Dauria was awarded the contract as meeting “the qualification criteria.”
“We won because we have as part of our group an American company, one of the leaders in microsatellite development,” said Mikhail Kokorich, the CEO of Dauria.
Under the project specification, the winner is now expected to develop and launch by November 25, 2015 two nanosatellites already designated MKA-H (which stands in Russian for “small-sized nano-class spacecraft”).
Each satellite must be within 10 kilos and fully compatible with the CubeSat platform. One must operate in a 450km high orbit and have a service life of at least three months.
In addition to these satellites an integrated system of attaching the satellites to and detaching those from carrier rockets must be developed. The system is expected to enable Soyuz, a Russian carrier rocket, to put in orbit up to 24 nanosatellites per mission.
The first two satellites will have special equipment on board to photograph the Earth with a 20-meter resolution.
If successful, the project will then be extended to create a whole fleet of Dauria nanosatellites, the source says.
Just recently Marchmont reported on Dauria’s plans to develop Russia’s first privately funded microsatellite.