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Kleos Space Completes Design Review on 2nd KSF1 Satellite Batch

By | March 3, 2021

Kleos Scouting Mission artwork – source Kleos Space.

Kleos Space successfully completed a hardware critical design review milestone on the second satellite cluster of the Polar Vigilance Mission (KSF1) and is on track for its mid-year 2021 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Frankfurt, Germany-based space Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) company is under a rideshare contract with Spaceflight Inc.

Satellite developer ISISpace conducted the tests on the KSF1 satellites for Kleos in the Netherlands. The satellites will now enter the assembly and verification phase before heading off for final integration, testing and delivery. Once launched, the KSF1 satellites will head to a 500-600 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), where they will detect and geolocate radio frequency transmissions to provide global activity-based intelligence for government and commercial customers.

“Entering the assembly and verification phase of the satellites is a crucial developmental milestone and ensures we are on schedule to launch in mid-2021. The KSF1 satellite cluster will complement our Scouting Mission satellites, improving the value of our geolocation maritime intelligence data,” Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said in a company statement.

Kleos Space launched its first batch of KSM1 satellites in November aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Shortly after, the company raised an additional $13.8 million (11.7 million euros) in funding from existing and new investors, including Bell Potter Securities and Evolution Capital Advisors.