Luxembourg-based Kleos Space confirmed that its Polar Vigilance Mission satellites had passed their evaluation phase, and are expected to begin assembly to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 this year.
Kleos’ Polar Vigilance Mission satellites (KSF1) were assessed by ISISPACE, which specialises in the delivery of small satellites, which will now also begin construction.
Following the construction phase, the satellites are expected to take-off into orbit on a SpaceX flight, following a rideshare agreement between Kleos and Spaceflight Inc.
Kleos’ KSF1 will allow governments and corporations to broaden their intelligence capabilities with additional radio and visual tracking systems.
Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos, made note that “entering the assembly and verification phase of the satellites is a crucial developmental milestone and ensures we are on schedule to launch in mid-2021. The KSF1 satellite cluster will complement our Scouting Mission satellites, improving the value of our geolocation maritime intelligence data”.
Jeroen Rotteveel, CEO of ISISPACE, outlined that the company is looking towards supporting Kleos with its experience in the small satellite construction.
"We are pleased to design and build this second satellite cluster for Kleos, to be completed on a fast-track schedule made possible by building on our extensive nanosatellite expertise and heritage,” Rotteveel said.
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