Space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company Kleos Space S.A.’s (ASX: KSS) team of mission engineers has completed the final preparation of the Kleos’ four Scouting Mission satellites prior to launch on board the PSLV C49.
The Kleos team performed system checkout and mechanical inspection prior to battery charging and fuelling. The satellites were then armed for flight and inserted into their dispensers ready for integration onto the PSLV-C49 launch vehicle.
The India Space Research Organisation reports that the launch is set for next month.
“India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in its 51st mission (PSLV-C49), will launch EOS-01 as primary satellite along with nine international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1502 Hrs IST (20:32 AEDT) on November 07, 2020, subject to weather conditions.”
The Scouting Mission satellites will launch into a 37- degree inclination, collecting data over crucial areas of interest such as Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea, East/West Africa, Southern Sea of Japan, northern Australian coast e.g. the Timor Sea.
We are immensely proud of the entire team, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to get our Scouting satellites launched in the middle of a pandemic,” Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space, said.
“We have moved one step closer to delivering our data products that will enhance situational awareness for our customers.”
The first Kleos Space satellite system, known as Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM), will deliver commercially available data and perform as a technology demonstration.
KSM will be the keystone for a later global high capacity constellation. The Scouting Mission will deliver targeted daily services with the full constellation delivering near-real- time global observation.