Nanosatellite from GomSpace for Surveillance Demonstration for the Artic

The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and GomSpace has today, on 10th June, signed an agreement to develop and deploy a nanosatellite as part of a surveillance demonstration for the Artic. GomSpace will develop and deliver the satellite and launch is expected by the end of 2017.

By this agreement, the Danish Defence will have its own first satellite which can contribute to its surveillance of the Artic. The satellite, small in size measuring just 30cm x 20cm x 10cm, will have radio receivers able to track and locate all traffic of ships and airplanes within the area.

The demonstration is part of an analysis seeking to identify best-practice and future efforts reinforcing the Danish Defense’s surveillance of the Artic within the Kingdom. The satellite has been named ”Ulloriaq” after the word ”star” in the Greenlandic language.

”We look forward to working closely with DALO and DTU on this exciting project and jointly develop and demonstrate the Ulloriaq mission” says Niels Buus, CEO from GomSpace.

Nanosatellite technology has matured over recent years and GomSpace is at the forefront of application development and commercialisation of the technology.

“Our satellite and radio technologies are a perfect match for monitoring the vast and remote arctic area with the satellite flying over the scene every 90 minutes”, Niels Buus concludes.

For general questions to the project, please contact from DALO:

René Gyldensted: phone: +45 72571020, mail:

For questions of technical character to the project, please contact from DALO:

Charlotte Wiin Havsteen: phone: +45 5127 4089, mail: FMT-MA-OCH@mil.d