Dragonfly Aerospace Award Programme for Projects on Earth Observation

Press Release


Dragonfly Aerospace is announcing an Award Programme for young innovative projects working on Earth observation.
One of the key elements in establishing an Earth observation system is the imaging payload. Thus, Dragonfly will offer one of its compact high-resolution Caiman imagers for the upcoming satellite mission, which aims to monitor and protect our shared global natural resources.

Conditions of the competition

The Dragonfly Aerospace Award Programme will hold from June 1, 2021, to October 31, 2021. The contest is open to commercial start-ups as well as non-profit, non-commercial organizations, including university programmes. Additionally, the winning team must have an existing funded mission that will launch before December 31, 2022. 

To take part, a team representative must submit an application to award@dragonflyaerospace.com, providing the following information:

  1. First/Last Name
  2. Contact info
  3. Organisation
  4. Mission status: date of launch, launch confirmation
  5. Mission description
  6. Existing/potential Partners 
  7. Where applicant plans to use the obtained data 
  8. What are the unique insights that your project will gather into the health of the planet and bring the most benefit to the Earth and humanity?

Also, applicants may fill in the online form instead.

If applicants provide sufficient information, the applicant will consequently receive an email confirming their eligibility to participate in the Award Program.

The Award Jury

The Award jury will consist of the experienced representatives of Dragonfly Aerospace:  

  • Bryan Dean, CEO and Co-founder, 
  • Eugene Yakovlev, Chief Business Officer 
  • Janine Nicolson, Head of Business development
  • Rikus Cronje, Electro-Optical Systems Engineer and Co-founder 

Dragonfly Aerospace will announce the winner on November 30, 2021.

In addition, detailed information on the Award program regulations can be found here

“Keeping a constant eye on the Earth in high resolution and in multiple bands of the electromagnetic spectrum enables unprecedented business intelligence. Monitoring the health of our planet supports global food security and a healthy environment, improving the lives of people around the world. Thus, with this goal in mind, we are ready to assist projects that work to gather information for the benefit of the Earth and that, like us, see Earth observation as an integral part of a healthy planet and a promising and sustainable future.”
Bryan Dean, CEO and Co-founder of Dragonfly Aerospace.  

About Dragonfly Aerospace (www.dragonflyaerospace.com)

Dragonfly Aerospace seeks to create compact, high-performance imaging satellites and payloads designed for large imaging constellation.  These satellites and payloads shall provide persistent views of the Earth in a wide range of spectrums, thus enabling unprecedented business intelligence, consequently improving the lives of people around the world. Furthermore, the company is investing in a 3000m² design and manufacturing facility with 1000m² of cleanroom areas for microsatellite constellation production. Additionally, the facility is designed to build satellites from 50kg to 600kg and imagers from 1U CubeSat imagers to 400mm aperture sub-metre imagers. It is intended to serve commercial and civil space customers. 


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