Kleos successfully launches Patrol Mission satellites
(04 Apr 2022) Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a- service (DaaS) company, successfully launched its third satellite cluster, the Patrol Mission on 1 April 2022 onboard the Transporter-4 SpaceX mission.
The D-Orbit Orbital Transfer Vehicle carrying the four Patrol Mission satellites has been successfully deployed into a 500-km Sun synchronous orbit after being launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. After the deployment of the Kleos satellites from the Orbital Transfer Vehicle, satellite builder, Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISPACE), will assist with Launch and Early Operation Phase (LEOP) support, including in-orbit system commissioning and final manoeuvring of the satellites into their operational formation.
The Patrol Mission satellites increase Kleos' global data collection capacity by 119 million km² per day and incorporate additional frequency spectrum collection capabilities, enabling the geolocation of X-Band radar transmissions in the 8,500-9,600 MHz range. X-Band maritime radar is commonly used for collision avoidance on board ships even when tracking systems such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) are turned off. The successful launch and deployment will grow Kleos' low Earth orbit constellation to 12 satellites and improve average daily revisits over key areas of interest for the customer base, e.g. over the area between 15-degrees latitude north and south of the equator to around five times a day.
Reference: Kleos Space PR