Radio frequency reconnaissance data provider Kleos Space (ASX: KSS) has appointed Norwegian ground station service provider Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) as it prepares for the launch of its first satellites in the coming months.
KSAT is a leading provider of communication services for spacecraft and launch vehicles with an extensive and uniquely located global ground network. KSAT also provides advanced monitoring services.
Kleos’ Scouting Mission satellites are on track to launch into low Earth orbit from New Zealand by the end of Q2 2019, initially transmitting observation data to KSAT’s downlink ground station Svalbard in Norway. Kleos Data-as-a-Service product will begin generating revenue following the successful collection of data.
The multi-satellite Scouting Mission system will form the foundation of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of governments and commercial entities when AIS (Automatic Identification System) is defeated, imagery unclear or targets out of patrol range.
Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space said, “One of the keys to our success lies in the choice of technological partners. We have appointed Kongsberg as they are one of the world leaders for data reception and near real time Earth Observation services. Kleos is proud to work with Kongsberg, with 50 years’ experience in a fast growing and challenging industry and environment.”
Kleos will have access to additional ground stations within the KSAT network, currently consisting of 15 locations worldwide through the KSAT Lite platform, which can provide back-up facilities and enlarged flexibility for Kleos.