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Unseenlabs Unveils Plan to Launch New Satellite Constellation to Monitor Sea, Land, and Space

By Abbey Weltman | April 30, 2024

A rendering of an Unseenlabs satellite. Photo: Unseenlabs

Unseenlabs aims to launch a new surveillance constellation in 2026. The France-based maritime surveillance company that specializes in radio frequency (RF) detection will expand its fleet to include monitoring terrestrial and space environments. Unseenlabs announced the new constellation plans on April 30. 

The new constellation will use Unseenlabs’ “monosatellite” technology to further include land and space, in addition to maritime. This expansion is aimed at meeting increased global security needs and offering RF detection capabilities to more multi domain targets. On land, the constellation will track emissions from devices such as satellite phones and jammers.The company did not specify how many satellites will make up this new constellation, but said they will be 150-kilogram satellites.  

Unseenlabs, founded in 2019, has a fleet of thirteen monosatellites, with four additional units slated for launch in 2024. These maritime surveillance satellites have aimed to provide intelligence to combat illegal fishing, piracy, and other maritime threats. 

“The launch of our next-generation satellite constellation marks a pivotal moment in our journey. This expansion into terrestrial and space surveillance embodies our commitment to pioneering comprehensive global monitoring solutions. We are not just extending our reach; we are setting new standards for the industry,” said Clément Galic, CEO and co-founder of Unseenlabs.

Unseenlabs raised $92 million in its most recent funding round that closed in February 2024. Investors included Supernova Invest, ISALT, and UNEXO.