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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Partners With ImageSat To Provide Value-Added Maritime Domain Awareness Services

Artist’s conception of a Kleos Space Radio Frequency Reconnaissance satellite. Image courtesy of Kleos Space.

Kleos Space S.A., the space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, has signed a collaborative, non-binding, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading Israeli-based end-to-end geospatial intelligence company ImageSat International N.V. (iSi) to explore opportunities to use Kleos’ maritime RF activity-based satellite data to enhance geospatial intelligence analytics. Under the MoU, the companies will develop a value-add proposition for current and future iSi maritime customers using Kleos’ geolocation data. The MoU also covers the development of a methodology to reduce collection to dissemination latency.

iSi has more than 20 years’ experience in end-to-end space, intelligence and analytical solutions for defence and intelligence customers. Israel-based, the company’s areas of expertise include integrated ISR solutions, Very High-Resolution satellite services, GEOINT and data analysis. Its innovative ground-segment is designed to manage high-revisit satellite constellations.

Kleos is on track to launch its initial Scouting Mission satellites on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from New Zealand by the end of the second quarter of 2019. The multi-satellite Scouting Mission system will form the cornerstone of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when AIS (Automatic Identification System) is defeated, imagery unclear and targets out of patrol range.

Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space said: “iSi is a global leader in satellite imagery and analysis. This collaboration is a good example of the value of Kleos’ activity-based maritime reconnaissance information as an extra data-set for end-customers in the defence and intelligence sectors. The launch of our Scouting Mission satellites will enable Kleos to commence generating revenue by delivering this commercially available data-as-a-service through collaboration with strategic global partners within the defence and intelligence sectors.”

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