The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has awarded a contract to GomSpace for the FACSAT-2 satellite mission and related intensive virtual technology transfer programme.

Valued at $770,000, the contract is expected to be delivered over the coming six to eight months.

The FACSAT-2 is an advanced 6U remote sensing spacecraft. It is the second nanosatellite mission in Colombia. It involves the design, development, testing and operation of the nanosatellite.

The contract builds on the previous partnership between the two parties established during the FACSAT-1 programme. The first project was awarded to GomSpace in 2014.

In 2018, Colombian-made 3U satellites were launched under the FACSAT-1 mission and are currently being operated by the FAC.

FAC is directly involved in the execution of all the programme’s phases.

Personnel from the air force and GomSpace will work closely in the preliminary design activities and continued capacity building.

GomSpace CEO Niels Buus said: “This new contract with the Colombian Air Force shows the value GomSpace is providing to customers seeking to gain technological competence while building their own space capacity.

“We are very pleased to have the Colombian Air Force as a returning customer.”

In 2017, the FAC contracted GomSpace to deliver its second advanced nanosatellite platform, FACSAT-2.

In addition to FACSAT-2 spacecraft platform, the company will deliver an associated capacity building and technology transfer programme.