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Kleos to launch satellite cluster aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Charbel Kadib

The ASX-listed data-as-a-service company has partnered with Spaceflight in a bid to launch its third satellite aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Kleos to launch satellite cluster aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9
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Kleos Space has signed a new contract with rideshare provider Spaceflight to support the launch of its third satellite cluster (KSF2) in December 2021 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The four KSF2 Polar Patrol Mission satellites are expected to launch into a 500 to 600-kilometre sun synchronous orbit, complementing Kleos’ first and second satellite clusters and enhancing coverage over key maritime areas, including both poles.

“The launch of our third satellite cluster will further improve the frequency and value of Kleos’ radio frequency intelligence data, generating higher-value datasets and further tiered subscription licence options,” Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said.

“While Kleos is targeting a constellation of up to 20 satellite clusters, each cluster will increase the volume of data that can be sold and provide further insights as to activity in key areas of interest for our customers.

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“While we progress our constellation roll out with the launch of our second and third satellite clusters, we continue to focus on securing and building a new subscriber base. Data delivery from the Scouting Mission satellites allows us to commence revenue generation from early adopter and test contracts.” 

According to Kleos, its second satellite cluster – the Polar Vigilance Mission – remains on track for a mid-2021 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9. 

The firm also noted that commissioning and data collection from its initial Scouting Mission satellites, which launched from India into a 37-degree inclination in November 2020, is nearing completion.

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