Space-powered defence and intelligence technology company Kleos Space (ASX:KSS) reports 4 Observer Mission (KSF3) satellites are planned to launch aboard the Transporter-6 SpaceX mission on 4 January 2023.
The company says the Observer Mission satellites will launch into a 525km sun synchronous orbit under contract with Spaceflight Inc, who provided the launch and integration services through ISISPACE.
It also reports the satellites have been integrated with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch site in Florida, US.
“The Observer Mission satellites will enhance the current data collection constellation, with the Vigilance Mission already collecting and delivering data, and the Patrol Mission soon coming online”
Kleos Space Chief Executive Officer Alan Khalili said: “We are continuing to build our data collection capacity to feed our signal processing technology to meet demand for our intelligence products.
The Observer Mission satellites will enhance the current data collection constellation, with the Vigilance Mission already collecting and delivering data, and the Patrol Mission soon coming online.
We are continuing to leverage learnings from earlier launches to accelerate in-orbit commissioning for the Observer Mission.”
Kleos Space is a space-powered defence and intelligence company with operations in Luxembourg, the US, and the UK. Kleos uses RF sensors in space to collect radio transmissions (RF Data) in key areas of interest around the globe which is then processed through the company’s proprietary processing platform delivering an intelligence output, in order to uncover and expose activity on land and at sea.
Intelligence product customers, including analytics and intelligence entities, licence data on a subscription basis (Data-as-a-Service or DaaS) for government and commercial use cases which the company says aids ‘better’ and ‘faster’ decision making.
Kleos’ first satellite cluster (Scouting Mission) was launched in November 2020 and performed as a test and technology demonstration whilst collecting data. The company’s second satellite cluster (Vigilance Mission) launched in June 2021, and its third cluster (Patrol Mission) launched in April 2022.
Images: Kleos Space S.A.