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Kleos expands satellite operations team

Charbel Kadib

The ASX-listed space company has appointed a US-based systems engineer to support its growing satellite operations program.

Kleos expands satellite operations team
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Radio frequency reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company Kleos Space has announced the appointment of satellite software and systems engineer Vincent Furia to the newly created role of technical director.  

Furia, who will report directly to the chief technology officer, will be responsible for supporting the development and deployment of Kleos’ space-based systems, ground support, analytics and data delivery.

Furia previously served as space operations director at nanosatellite operator Spire Global, where he was responsible for managing a constellation of more than 100 satellites and 30 ground stations.

The new appointee holds over eight years’ program and project management experience to Kleos and 15 years’ experience in software and systems engineering, of which 11 years were spent at global aerospace and defence technology firm Harris Corporation.

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Furia’s appointment follows the establishment of Kleos’ Denver engineering office in January and forms part of the firm’s preparation for commercialisation of its radio frequency geolocation intelligence data with additional US-based appointments of chief revenue officer Eric von Eckartsberg, product manager Guillermo Gutierrez and sales executive Alex Johnson.

“I am thrilled to begin working alongside the excellent team at Kleos to develop a best-in-class product for geospatial intelligence data,” Furia said.

Kleos CEO Andy Bowyer welcomed the new appointee, adding, “Vinny is a fantastic addition to Kleos’ technical leadership team as we prepare for the development and launch of our second and third satellite clusters.

“His extensive experience managing geographically diverse teams, large satellite constellations, and increasing the functionality of satellite platforms will be instrumental as Kleos rapidly builds its constellation and commercialises its geolocation data.

“Increased satellite capability enables the creation of higher-value and longer-life datasets over key areas of interest.”

Kleos recently launched its first satellite cluster, the Kleos Scouting Mission, in November 2020 and is expected to launch its Polar Vigilance Mission satellites later this year, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Kleos’ third satellite cluster, the Polar Patrol Mission, is scheduled to launch in December 2021.

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