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Kleos Space secures microsatellite military utility project

Stephen Kuper
Kleos Space secures microsatellite military utility project

ASX-listed Kleos Space has announced that it has been awarded a contract to prepare Kleos data to be accessed by the MSMU Project Arrangement, which is an agreement under the Responsive Space Capabilities Memorandum of Understanding.

The Micro-Satellite Military Utility (MSMU) Project and corresponding MoU involves the Departments and Ministries of Defence of Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and United States. 

The MSMU Project aims to develop a blueprint for a Multinational Heterogeneous Space Enterprise (ISR Enterprise) to provide military users with reliable access to a broad spectrum of information in an opportunistic environment.

The program is coordinated by the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in collaboration with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). 


CEO Andy Bowyer commented: “This opportunity delivered by the team, Peter Round and Karyn Hayes-Ryan is a great achievement and validation for the company.  

“We are seeing increasing demand for our global geolocation intelligence data, which will enhance the ISR capabilities of governments and commercial entities. We are proud to be supporting the SDL and AFRL team on this exceptional program.” 

“The MSMU Project is building the architecture and infrastructure to enable machine intelligence, including automation, human-machine teaming and, ultimately, artificial intelligence; these initiatives will define how the ISR Enterprise executes operations.”

Karyn Hayes-Ryan, director, added, “Our satellites and our data will enhance defence capabilities when fused with other data sets in the government environment, as well as providing timely monitoring of illegal fishing, oil embargoes and other illicit action that both damages our environment and hurts our economies.”


Kleos’ Scouting Mission satellites that are in Chennai, India, awaiting launch on Indian Space Research Organisation PSLV C49, will detect and geolocate maritime radio frequency transmissions to provide global activity-based intelligence, enhancing the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of governments and commercial entities when Automatic Identification System (AIS) is defeated, imagery unclear or targets out of patrol range.

Kleos’ satellites will be in a 37-degree inclination orbit, covering crucial shipping regions for defence and security customers, including the Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea, Australian coast, Southern US coast as well as the East and West African coast.

SDL, a research laboratory headquartered in North Logan, Utah, has been solving the technical challenges faced by the military, science community and industry for six decades and supports NASA’s vision to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.

As one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers, SDL serves as a subject matter expert in its core research areas to the US government, ensuring that essential engineering and technology capabilities are maintained.

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