TAMPA, Florida – Luxembourg-based startup Kleos Space has ordered four more RF reconnaissance satellites, ensuring a launch in mid-2022 to improve data collection and revisit times.
Innovative Solutions in Space (ISISPACE) from the Netherlands is building the company’s fourth group of satellites, known as the Observation Mission, which has booked a launch with SpaceX through US rideshare broker Spaceflight.
ISISPACE and Spaceflight supported Kleos Space’s second group of satellites as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Transporter-2 mission sent into sun-synchronous orbit June 29.
They are also working on the startup’s third cluster, which Kleos Space says is on track to be launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in January 2022.
Like the second and third groups, the observing mission’s satellites aim to add up to 119 million additional square kilometers of data collection capacity per day.
The cost to build and launch the fourth cluster is expected to be around A $ 4.5 million ($ 3.4 million), Kleos Space said.
Kleos Space has planned up to 20 clusters of satellites, designed to detect and geotag RF transmissions for applications ranging from the fight against hacking and human trafficking to illegal fishing.
Publicly trading on the German and Australian stock exchanges, Kleos Space said on September 6 that it had raised A $ 12.6 million ($ 9.4 million) to develop its constellation.
In a commercial update attached to funding announcement, the company said it has 170 “qualified agreements” for its services, including 48 “signed evaluation contracts with customers, which include a free trial period to evaluate data products before revenue is generated.” .
Kleos Space also said its constellation is performing better than expected in a recent technical document.
“We are rapidly building our constellation, using funds from our recent capital increase to engage in the construction and launch of our fourth satellite cluster,” Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said in a statement.
“Each new launch allows us to improve satellite data collection and increase visits to key areas of interest to our customers. “