UrtheCast issues RFP to prospective industry partners
Vancouver-based UrtheCast Corp. (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”) announced on August 4 that it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to U.S. companies interested in a long-term strategic partnership to serve the United States Government, further to the Company’s announcement on May 6, 2016. The RFP solicits prospective U.S. commercial partners with strong U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) footprints to help deliver data and services from UrtheCast’s planned 8-satellite UrtheDaily™ Constellation and 16-satellite OptiSAR™ Constellation to U.S. Government user agencies.
Using input received during and since the GEOINT 2016 symposium, UrtheCast has crafted the RFP to allow prospective commercial partners to propose their best creative ideas and strategies for effectively serving the imagery data, products, and services from the Company’s planned satellite constellations to end users and customers across the U.S. Government.
“We have been delighted by the feedback we’ve received to date and the excitement this process seems to be generating among candidate U.S. partners,” explained UrtheCast president and CEO Wade Larson. “This industry is undergoing a period of significant change – driven by economic, technological, and regulatory forces. We’re convinced that business model innovation will also be a critical element of this change. Our vision, quite simply, is to help create the partnerships and service delivery models that unlock the enormous potential of Earth observation data for the people who need it. We believe our approach is aligned with the U.S. Government’s future procurement strategies and technology roadmaps to take advantage of the new and disruptive capabilities coming from the commercial sector.”