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Colombian Air Force orders FACSAT-2 observation nanosatellite

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Colombia
 
 
Colombian Air Force orders FACSAT-2 observation nanosatellite
 
GomSpace A/S - a subsidiary of GomSpace Group AB has signed a contract with the Colombian Air Force ("FAC") for the FACSAT-2 spacecraft platform and an associated Capacity Building and Technology Transfer Program.
     
Colombian Air Force orders FACSAT 2 observation nanosatellit 640 001An artist's rendering of the FAC future FACSAT-2 nanosatellite
(Credit: FAC)
     
The FACSAT-2 Project comprises the design, manufacture, test and operation of an advanced 6U remote sensing spacecraft. This new project will build on the technology transfer gained through the FACSAT-1 project, awarded to GomSpace in 2014. FACSAT-2 spacecraft is planned to be launched in 2019, coinciding with the 100t th anniversary of the Colombian Air Force.

As part of the contract, GomSpace will also assist FAC in the creation of its own nanosatellite Integration laboratory and operations centre at the air force base in Cali, which will be the new home of the FACSAT Program. An interdisciplinary team has been preselected by FAC to coordinate and support the Capacity Building and Technology Transfer Program.

"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." – says Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.