Dr. Rao S. Ramayanam
Vice President Sales, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, DEIMOS IMAGING, an UrtheCast Company, USA
Dr. Rao S. Ramayanam, is currently working as Vice President Sales, Middle East, Africa and South Asia for UrtheCast, a Canadian Space company. He is an accomplished senior executive in international sales, business development and marketing with more than 25 years of working experience in international companies and organizations including UrtheCast, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Space Imaging, The
World Bank, APSRAC (India) and National Remote Sensing Center (India).
He achieved amazing success in the sales of High Resolution Satellite Imagery, Access, Ground Station to International Defense & Intelligence and Commercial Markets. He has extensive experience in cloud based and onsite large enterprise system sales and turn-key project management in Remote Sensing (RS) and GIS applications. His interpersonal skills and team building on a global level helped in
establishing 40 member channel partner network in Middle East and Africa and establishing business relationships in 50+ countries world wide.
He has developed several remote sensing applications and got the recommendations implemented at the grass root level for micro level planning, disaster management, drought management, irrigation using surface water resources, ground water mapping and management, etc. in the State of Andhra Pradesh where successive Chief Ministers have utilized his services to develop the state. He has been awarded
the Astronautical Society of India award for his contributions to remote sensing applications. He has been supporting several customers including the government customers, oil & gas industry customers, construction & real estate industry and environmental industries spread across Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
UrtheCast’s High-Resolution Imagery, HD video and Synthetic Aperture Radar from Space for Smart Earth Observations
UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that serves the rapidly evolving geospatial and geoanalytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. The Company operates Earth Observation (EO) sensors in space, through its subsidiary Deimos Imaging, including two satellites, Deimos-1 and Deimos-2, to produce imagery data for partners and customers in multiple markets.
Deimos-2 is an agile satellite for cost-effective, dependable very-high-resolution for EO applications. It provides 75-cm pan-sharpened imagery and 3-m multi-spectral images. Its multi-spectral capability
includes 4 channels (red, green, blue, NIR), plus the panchromatic band. Deimos-2 has a swath of 12 km, and it is able to acquire imagery in strip mode (up to 1500 km long), or in spot mode, shifting between various targets. In addition, it has a wide-area acquisition mode, which can acquire in a single pass a 24-km wide strip, up to 200 km long. It is also capable of same-pass stereo imaging.
Deimos-1 is the first Spanish Earth Observation Satellite. It provides 22m, 3-band imagery(red, green, NIR). It has been specifically designed to assure very-high-frequency revisit on large areas (every 3 days on average for any mid-latitude region), with precision agriculture and forestry monitoring applications
in mind. Deimos-1 has a uniquely wide swath of 650 km, which allows covering very large areas in a very short time. Deimos-1 provides 22m multispectral images, with subpixel geolocation accuracy.
Its data are currently used by public and private customers worldwide.
With the objective of advancing its global Earth Observation capability, UrtheCast is developing the OptiSAR™ constellation consisting of 16-satellite, 8 Dual Band (X and L) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites and 8 Dual Mode (Video and Pushbroom) Optical satellites. OptiSAR™ is designed to be the world’s first fully-integrated, multispectral optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation of Earth Observation satellites. Providing unprecedented capabilities, OptiSAR™ is aimed at solving realworld
problems and creating tools for world change. It’s built for researchers, developers, and analysts to gain unprecedented and extremely valuable data and information products at high revisit rates over their areas of interest — regardless of obstacles like tree cover and weather phenomena. The OptiSAR constellation is expected to provide a unique OptiSAR product to produce the SAR Imagery to look like optical imagery for the ease of interpretation and applications.
UrtheCast is also planning to launch a constellation called UrtheDaily™ aiming to acquire high-quality, multispectral imagery of the Earth’s entire landmass, at 5-m GSD, taken at the same time, from the same altitude, every day. With its exceptional capabilities, it is expected to present a disruptive and problemsolving technology that will transform the way we observe our planet. The spacecraft, constellation and operations approach aims to enable ultra-high sensor spectral calibration targeted specifically at geoanalytics applications to optimize the ability to reliably extract information from the imagery and to detect even subtle changes on the planet.
This paper presents the highlevel details of Deimos-1 and Deimos-2 and the constellations OptiSAR™ and UrtheDaily™.