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October 28th, 2013

Russia—DX-1 Departs In 2014 (Satellite)

[SatNews] The first private Russian space satellite is set to launch in February of 2014 and will leverage commonly used "cloud computing" and mobile phone technology to generate potentially huge profits for its investors.

"In 2015 we are anticipating a certain percentage of revenue coming from the cloud platform," Ilya Golubovich, a venture capitalist whose firm has invested $20 million in the satellite's manufacturer Dauria, told The Wall Street Journal. Golubovich said he expected the satellite would generate "hundreds of millions" of dollars in revenue in 2015.

Dauria's DX-1 satellite is approximately the size of a desktop printer and uses the same flash memory technology found in smartphones. The company plans to gather data about the earth collected by microsatellites and charge users to access the information it aggregates on a cloud network of computing systems, the Journal reported. The satellites, which have been developed in partnership with Korean electronics titan Samsung and the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, cost between $3 million and $5 million each and due to their light weight are cheaper to launch than conventional satellites.

Founded in 2011, Dauria, which is headquartered in Munich, is part of the space cluster at the Skolkovo Innovation Center on the outskirts of Moscow. It is Russia's first private space firm, and has already signed contracts with NASA and entered into partnerships with aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus. (Source: RIA Novosti)