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Kleos partners with ISISPACE to build new satellite cluster

Charbel Kadib

The firms have agreed to collaborate to support the upcoming Polar Patrol Mission.

Kleos partners with ISISPACE to build new satellite cluster
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ASX-listed data-as-a-service company Kleos Space has announced a partnership with Netherlands-based firm Innovative Solutions in Space (ISISPACE) to support the delivery of its third satellite cluster (four satellites) as part of the Polar Patrol Mission (KSF2), scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 later this year.

This is in addition to ISISPACE’s current development of Kleos’ second satellite cluster, the Polar Vigilance Mission (KSF1), set to launch later this month.

As part of this latest contract, ISISPACE has been tasked with providing a “full turn-key solution”, which includes design, development, production, testing, launch integration services and early orbit phase support.

The Polar Patrol satellites are designed to provide more frequent cover over commercial areas of interest and additional data products to the Kleos inventory. 

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Upon launching into a 500 to 600-kilometre sun-synchronous orbit, Kleos’ third satellite cluster is expected to double the company’s coverage over both poles, complementing the firm’s Scouting Mission and Polar Vigilance Mission satellites.

“ISISPACE has proven to be an ideal development partner for Kleos, with our second satellite cluster nearing completion ahead of a mid-year launch,” Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said.

“Targeting a constellation of up to 20 satellite clusters, each new satellite cluster will increase sensing and intelligence gathering capabilities generating higher value data products for subscribers.

“Our commercial ISR data is able to effectively geolocate radio frequency transmissions irrespective of the presence of positioning systems, unclear imagery, poor weather or targets being out of patrol range.”

Bowyer added: “It has broad applications spanning security and defence, environment, insurance and regulatory sectors.”

Jeroen Rotteveel, CEO of ISISPACE, said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with Kleos, utilising our extensive nanosatellite experience to build and design their third satellite cluster within a relatively short time frame.

“As a strategic partner, we look forward to supporting them as they continue to build and launch their satellite constellation.” 

The contract includes an option to extend ISISPACE’s support for a further three satellite clusters.

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