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HawkEye 360 Satellites Begin RF Geolocation

By | February 26, 2019
Hawkeye 360 spectrum mapping. Photo: Hawkeye 360.

Hawkeye 360 spectrum mapping. Photo: Hawkeye 360

HawkEye 360 commissioned its three Pathfinder satellites and began geolocating Radio Frequency (RF) signals. According to the release early test results have demonstrated successful geolocation of Very High Frequency (VHF) Channels 16 and 70, EPIRB, and AIS signals as well as identifying marine radar signals. This proprietary source of data helps enable HawkEye 360 to locate and analyze undetected activity, providing insights for maritime, emergency response, and spectrum analysis applications.

The company is using the Pathfinder satellites to perform data verification and strategic demonstrations with select customers. These efforts aim to inform enhancements to the next cluster of satellites currently under development for launch later this year. Additionally, this next-generation of satellites aim to broaden the signal range, on-board-processing, and data capabilities as HawkEye 360 expands the constellation to achieve global coverage.

“We are generating an entirely new data source for important commercial, defense, and intelligence applications around the world,” said HawkEye 360 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Serafini. “As the first to be delivering this type of commercial data, HawkEye 360 will help our customers make more timely and precise decisions. Our team has shown unbelievable dedication and passion to reach a new milestone in space technology in just a few short years.”