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Dauria Aerospace Launches Two Perseus-M Maritime Surveillance Satellites to Monitor Open Seas and Navigable Waterways Across the Northern Hemisphere

This launch marks the initial stage of the Perseus Constellation deployment, Dauria's first space monitoring and remote sensing satellite constellation

Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information services has successfully delivered two Perseus-M spacecraft into low earth orbit. These satellites will be combined with Dauria's DX1 spacecraft and eight Perseus-O imaging satellites to form the Perseus space monitoring and remote sensing constellation. The maritime segment of the Perseus constellation will track and monitor vessels in open seas and navigable waterways in the United States, Canada, Northern Europe and Russia.

"The launch of the Perseus-M satellites marks a significant achievement for Dauria," says Mike Kokorich, founder and president at Dauria Aerospace. "Once established, the maritime segment of the constellation will provide valuable vessel traffic information to a range of users from captains and ship-owners to coast guard and search and rescue services in the Northern Hemisphere."

The two Perseus-M maritime-surveillance satellites were launched on June 19th aboard a Dnepr rocket. Canopus Systems, a Mountain View, CA based affiliate of Dauria, developed these satellites which feature a proprietary microsatellite platform and are equipped with commercially oriented experimental Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads.

"We are confident in the commercial success of the constellation," continues Kokorich.  "Prior to DX1 launch, we reached an agreement with the Russian Ministry of Transportation for the development of AIS services. At this time, Russia does not maintain any space assets with AIS capabilities and can only monitor maritime traffic less than about 43 miles from its shoreline. We expect this partnership to lead to agreements with multiple companies based in North America and Europe."

The next segment of the constellation involves launching a DX1 small satellite, which is awaiting launch aboard a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from Baikonur in early July. The Perseus constellation will be the first commercial space monitoring and remote sensing satellite constellation with a Russian private component. The DX1 platform permits future utilization of the satellite for Earth remote sensing and various scientific purposes. Perseus-M satellites will also perform testing of the satellite platform for Perseus-O medium resolution optical satellites that are scheduled for launch in 2015.

About Dauria Aerospace
Dauria Aerospace is a multinational aerospace company providing global satellite-based remote sensing information services through the deployment of small satellite constellations. The company develops and manufactures low-cost small satellites to bring Earth imaging data directly to its customers. Additionally, by using design innovation and leveraging the rapid technology advances in smallsat components, Dauria develops lower-cost, higher performing satellites. Dauria is headquartered in Munich and has two satellite development centers at NASA Research Park at Ames Research Center in California and in Skolkovo, Russia. For more information, visit

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Dauria-Deimos persistent remote sensing constellation was featured in Space News

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Dauria Aerospace Partners with Elecnor Deimos to Create the World’s First Daily Full Earth Imaging Satellite Constellation

Deimos Perseus satellite constellation will provide wideband imaging of the entire Earth on a daily basis

Moffett Field, CA – May 12, 2014 – Dauria Aerospace, a multinational aerospace company providing global data, communication and remote sensing information, and Elecnor Deimos, the technology-focused subsidiary of Elecnor, today announced a joint partnership to develop Deimos Perseus, the first satellite constellation to provide frequent imaging of the entire Earth. These satellites will carry high quality multispectral sensors that provide for automated identification of ground features such as crop types, their vigor, and stage in the growing cycle.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dauria in an effort to push the boundaries of small satellite imagery and create the first satellite constellation of its kind. By 2016, Deimos Perseus will be able to image the entire earth on a daily basis,” says Fabrizio Pirondini at Elecnor Deimos. “Deimos Perseus will allow for in-depth monitoring of wild fires, floods, crop yields, forest composition, among other agricultural and forestry data processing.”

Elecnor Deimos currently operates Deimos-1, an earth imaging satellite deployed in 2009, which provides wideband imagery with frequent revisits of each territory. Deimos-1 will be combined with Dauria Aerospace’s eight Perseus-O satellites and utilize a ground segment developed by Dauria and Elecnor Deimos for imagery receipt and data processing.

“The collaboration between Elecnor Deimos and Dauria will set a new standard in the small satellite industry and be in a position to better serve the rapidly growing demand for high quality, affordable space-based information services, data and communications,” says Mike Kokorich, founder and president of Dauria Aerospace. “With our innovative approach to the Deimos Perseus satellite constellation, companies around the world can benefit from frequent, whole-Earth imaging and advanced data analysis.”

The first four Perseus-O satellites are scheduled for deployment in early 2015, with the remaining four planned for the third quarter of that year. Furthermore, Dauria and Elecnor Deimos are each planning to launch additional satellites this summer. Dauria is scheduled to launch two Perseus-M – maritime surveillance satellites developed by Canopus Systems US. Elecnor Deimos is planning to launch a very-high resolution Deimos-2 satellite on board of a “Dnepr” launch vehicle. DX1, another satellite by Dauria Aerospace, is scheduled for launch on a “Soyuz” rocket. All four launches are slated to occur on June 19th.

Dauria received a $20 million investment from I2BF Global Ventures in October 2013 to support the Deimos Perseus constellation.

About Dauria Aerospace:

Dauria Aerospace is a multinational aerospace company providing global data, communication and remote sensing information through the deployment of small satellite constellations. The company develops and manufactures low-cost small satellites to bring Earth imaging data directly to its customers. Additionally, by using design innovation and leveraging the rapid technology advances in smallsat components, Dauria develops lower-cost, higher performing satellites. Dauria is headquartered in Munich and has two satellite development centers at NASA Ames Research Center in California and in Skolkovo, Russia. For more information, visit

About Elecnor Deimos:

Deimos is the technology branch of Elecnor, specialized in the design, engineering and development of solutions and system integration within the fields of space, information and communication technologies.

Elecnor Deimos is a satellite integrator specializing in Earth Observation missions on a turnkey basis with in orbit delivery, and also develops activities such as Mission Analysis, System Engineering, Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC), Attitude and Orbit Control (AOCS), Ground Segment Systems, On-board Software Systems.

Elecnor Deimos participates in all phases of a space mission design and development, for the majority of ESA missions so the company gathers a considerable expertise and capabilities in Space Programmes including the ability to carry out space missions, such as leading its own Earth Observation mission: DEIMOS-1 and very high resolution satellite DEIMOS-2 integrated on dedicated company facilities built for that purpose in Puertollano, Spain. For more information visit

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The First Russian Private Satellite was Shipped to Baikonur 

Russian private space company Dauria Aerospace has delivered its first product - spacecraft DX1 - to NPO Lavochkin in the city of Himki.  The spacecraft will be further transported to Baikonur cosmodrome. 

Eighteen months after the start of the manufacturing process at Skolkovo Research Park DX1 satellite is fully assembled, rigorously tested, prepared for launch and packaged into a cargo container. On April 21, 2014 it was shipped to NPO Lavochkin - a division of Roscosmos which manufactures the upper stage and payload adaptor for the launch vehicle.

The launch itself is slated for June 19, 2014 on board of "Soyuz-2.1b” rocket. The primary payload is a weather satellite “Meteor-M 2”. Several small, mirco- and nano-satellites from Norway, Great Britain as well as a couple of Russian spacecrafts, including DX1 by Dauria Aerospace, will be launched as secondary payloads. 

DX1 is unique due to the fact that it is the first spacecraft in the history of Russia completely financed, designed and assembled by a private company. DX1 is equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver. Predominant majority of sea (and river) vessels are nowadays obliged to carry AIS transmitters on board. AIS payload will enable DX1 to receive signals from ships across the globe.Presently DX1 is the only Russian spacecraft with such capabilities.The spacecraft will be operated for the benefit of Dauria Aerospace as well as in the interest of Ministry of Transportation of the Russian Federation. 

DX1 design is based on a promising micro-satellite platform, which is capable of performing many tasks that are expected from a modern spacecraft. DX1 is the first testbed / demo version of this multifunctional platform. The experience to be gained from operating the satellite will provide Dauria Aerospace with the data needed to enhance the platform’s capabilities and to create more advanced spacecraft in the near future. 

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At a fraction of the volume and mass of traditional satellites, nanosatellites hold distinct advantages over their larger cousins, such as low launch cost and mass producibility. Most space agencies around the world have recognized that nanosats have excellent scope in future.

Due to their small size, nanosats can be built with cameras and GPS systems of existing devices such as cell phones.  Such devices have advanced components, which have been perfected for use on Earth, and can also be utilized in space. The biggest challenges for nanosats lie in the area of propulsion and attitude control.

However, according to Michigan Technological University’s L. Brad King, this is one technology need that is unique to space: “Even the best smartphones don’t have miniaturized rocket engines, so we need to develop them from scratch.” Sophisticated Attitude Control Systems (ACS) require complex mechanisms which can’t be scaled to fit on nanosats, hence existing ACS for large satellites can’t be utilized in nanosats. One approach  under extensive research is the area of building microscopic needles to spray thin jets of fluid, which push a satellite in the opposite direction. The needles spray a propellant known as ionic liquid; this needle is finer than a human hair. To maneuver a nanosat, a few hundred of such needles are required, all of which may fit in a postage stamp sized package. 

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The Moscow Times: "Russia's First Private Satellite Maker Readies for Lift-Off"
Mikhail Kokorich founded the first private satellite manufacturer (Dauria Aerospace) to emerge from Russia and is due to send his first devices into orbit next year. His Dauria Aerospace intends to build small low-cost satellites, provide data and telecom services, and break into a market that grew to $128 billion last year, according to the U.S.-based Satellite Industry Association. 
Dauria has chosen the German city of Munich for its main office, however. In Russia, it runs an assembly facility at the high-tech research and development center at Skolkovo, outside Moscow, where it builds satellites for the local market. Dauria also has a facility at NASA Research Park at Silicon Valley, where it makes devices for international customers.

Dauria will launch its first satellite in February. Contracted by the Transport Ministry, the DX-1 will provide positioning services for Russia's river-going boats. Dauria wants to expand its presence above the atmosphere quickly, planning to have a total of six various satellites in orbit by the end of next year. Four will work in concert, forming the company's own constellation. The remainder will serve outside customers.

In addition to building satellites, Dauria wants to make money on data, such as images of the Earth's surface recorded from space. The plan is to feed data from Dauria's and other owners' satellites, as well as from drones operated by other companies, into a cloud-based storage platform. Outside developers, such as governments, farmers and real estate companies, would then purchase the information for their software and operations. The platform is scheduled to open for customers next month.

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Aerospace company which aims to establish low-cost satellite monitoring and observation services

New York, New York – Oct. 7, 2013 – I2BF Global Ventures, a leading global technology investment firm, today announced a $20 million Series B investment in Dauria Aerospace, a global satellite services company involved in the manufacturing of micro and nano satellites and the development of machine-to-machine wireless communication and earth observation technologies.

Dauria Aerospace was founded in 2011, by experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts with backgrounds from NASA, RapidEye and the Russian space program, with the aim of developing low-cost infrastructure for rapid monitoring of ground assets and activity. It integrates low cost satellite constellations with a unique cloud based platform called CloudEO that provides an advanced framework and easy access to GEO-application developers. The production start of the first satellite is due this year with support from Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency.

I2BF Global Ventures’ $20 million investment will be used for working capital to serve existing contracts, technology development and new satellite platforms.

“I2BF sees a rising opportunity for scarce resources management and discovery through innovative space applications. Our investment in Dauria Aerospace reinforces our intention to grow our exposure to this exciting new frontier,” said Ilya Golubovich, founding partner of I2BF Global Ventures. “The aerospace sector is ripe for brilliant entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists to build off the foundation that national programs have put in place. With facilities in California’s NASA Ames Research Park, DLR incubator in Munich, Germany and in Innograd Skolkovo Moscow, Russia, Dauria represents the next generation of global aerospace startups, collaborating and working across borders with applications that can directly benefit areas such as agriculture, disaster prevention, water control and resource management.”

In 2012, the global satellite industry saw $190 billion in revenue, broken down by satellite services, launch industry, satellite manufacturing and ground equipment. Dauria Aerospace’s operations touch almost all of these subsectors, with an overall strategic goal of establishing a low-cost infrastructure for rapid monitoring of ground assets and activity.

“In the two years since Dauria Aerospace was founded, we’ve reached several key milestones in technology development and have successfully secured contracts and established our global presence,” said Mikhail Kokorich, President of Dauria Aerospace. “We are confident that with our new partnership with I2BF Global Ventures and the invested capital, we will succeed in reaching our amplified goals in the next few years.”

About I2BF Global Ventures

Established in 2005, I2BF Global Ventures is an international technology focused venture capital firm with a global investment mandate. The mission of I2BF Global Ventures is to seek out innovative and competitive companies, targeting sectors and technologies it believes can lead the path to a "Brighter Future". Since the first portfolio company investment in 2006, I2BF Global Ventures has successfully completed 24 transactions, and manages over $195 million across four venture capital vehicles. In keeping with its worldwide investment focus, further to the team in New York, I2BF Global Ventures retains a team of technology and sector experts in London, Moscow, Dubai and Astana to ensure a truly global venture capital strategy and a hands-on management approach. Visit for more information.

About Dauria Aerospace

Dauria Aerospace develops and manufactures the new generation of low cost, small satellites. The deep reduction of costs combined with the enhanced performance capabilities offered by the new product makes constellations of many satellites financially viable, thus enabling operational services and creating new applications. This has been achieved by utilizing the state of art terrestrial microelectronic and micro-system-technologies.

Based on Dauria’s satellite technologies, the company is planning to deploy constellations of various earth observation and communications satellites to provide frequent vegetation monitoring for precision farming, traffic management, dynamic urban management and polar broadband services. The company works closely with the national governments on the joint financing of these space projects making it possible for the private seed investment to cover a significantly larger range of services. These services will be further enhanced by making them available in a unique service eco-system where they can be combined with other satellite resources and advanced software applications through a cloud based platform - CloudEO. This will foster a new era where space applications enter humans’ daily lives. Visit for more information.
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