Kleos Space signs MOU with ImageSat International

Louis Dillon

ImageSat International (iSi) will look to explore opportunities to use Kleos Space’s maritime RF activity-based satellite data after the signing of a non-binding, collaborative memorandum of understanding between the two companies.

The agreement will help iSi use Kleos’ satellite data to “enhance” their geospatial intelligence analytics, with the development of a value-add proposition for current and future iSi maritime customers, as well as methodology “to reduce collection to dissemination latency”.

“iSi is a global leader in satellite imagery and analysis. This collaboration is a good example of the value of Kleos’ activity-based maritime reconnaissance information as an extra data set for end-customers in the defence and intelligence sectors,” Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space, said.

“The launch of our Scouting Mission satellites will enable Kleos to commence generating revenue by delivering this commercially available data-as-a-service through collaboration with strategic global partners within the defence and intelligence sectors.”

Based in Israel, iSi has provided end-to-end space, intelligence and analytical solutions for defence and intelligence customers for over two decades. 

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iSi lists the company’s expertise as:

  • integrated ISR solutions
  • very high-resolution satellite services
  • GEOINT and data analysis

Kleos also confirmed the company is on track to launch its initial Scouting Mission satellites on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket by the end of the second quarter of 2019. 

The launch will take place in New Zealand.

The multi-satellite Scouting Mission system aims to “form the cornerstone of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when AIS (automatic identification system) is defeated, imagery unclear, and targets out of patrol range”. 

 

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