The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has contracted GomSpace to deliver its second advanced nanosatellite platform, FACSAT-2.
Under the contract, the company is tasked with designing, producing, testing and operating an advanced 6U remote sensing spacecraft.
In addition to FACSAT-2 spacecraft platform, the company will deliver an associated capacity building and technology transfer programme.
The FAC has formed an interdisciplinary team to coordinate and support the programme.
GomSpace will also assist FAC in creating its own nanosatellite integration laboratory and operations centre at the airforce base in Cali, which will be the new home of the FACSAT project.
Commenting on the contract, 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.”
In September, GomSpace partnered with Airbus Defence and Space to improve space-based aircraft surveillance.
Both the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect as Airbus Defence and Space intends to create the ‘Airbus Surveillance Digital Eco-System’ fusing space and ground data to provide global, near real-time data to track every aircraft.
Under the terms of the MoU, the companies will explore and initiate activities to allow GomSpace’s technology with nanosatellite-based flight tracking to be used for the new Airbus Eco-System.