Press Release

Dragonfly Aerospace Award Program

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2021
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South Africa, June 2, 2021 – Dragonfly Aerospace is pleased to announce an Award Program for young innovative projects, working on Earth observation. 

One of the key elements  in establishing an Earth observation system is the imaging payload. Dragonfly is prepared to 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 Program will be held 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 programs. The winning team needs to have an existing funded mission that  will launch before December 31, 2022. 

In order to take part, a team representative must submit an application to, providing the following information:

  1. First/Last Name
  2. Contact info
  3. Organization
  4. Mission status: date of launch, launch confirmation
  5. Mission description
  6. Existing/potential Partners 
  7. Where the obtained data is planned to be used
  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?

Or fill in the online form.

If sufficient information is provided the applicant will receive an email confirming their eligibility to participate in the Award Program.

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 

The winner will be announced on November 30, 2021. 

 “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. 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. 

Detailed information on the Award program regulations can be found here.  

About Dragonfly Aerospace (

Dragonfly Aerospace seeks to create compact high-performance imaging satellites and payloads that are designed for large imaging constellations which provide persistent views of the Earth in a wide range of spectrums, enabling unprecedented business intelligence and thereby improving the lives of people around the world. The company is investing in a 3000m² design and manufacturing facility with 1000m² of cleanroom areas for microsatellite constellation production. 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. 

SpaceRef staff editor.