- Kleos Space (KSS) prepares to launch its fourth satellite cluster, the Observer Mission (KSF3), after successfully completing environmental testing phases
- Satellites have successfully completed all SAIT activities followed by system-level electrical and mechanical functionality testing
- Kleos confirms that the satellites will be deployed into sun-synchronous orbit from the Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on SpaceX’s Transporter-6 mission, which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.
- Meanwhile, the company won a first-stage contract from the National Intelligence Service as part of a broad announcement by the agency’s Strategic Commercial Enhancements.
- Shares in Kleos ended the day up 7.14 percent to close at 30 cents
Kleos Space (KSS) is preparing to launch its fourth satellite cluster, the Observer Mission (KSF3), following the successful completion of environmental testing phases.
The satellites have successfully completed the assembly and integration of the system
testing (SAIT), followed by system-level electrical and mechanical functionality testing, including environmental testing.
According to the company, each system was subjected to vibration, thermal and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests that ensure the functionality of the cluster after launch for the duration of the mission.
Cleos confirmed that the satellites will be deployed into a sun-synchronous orbit from the Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of SpaceX’s Transporter-6 mission, scheduled for Q4 2022.
In addition, it will increase Kleos’ data collection capacity by another 119 million square kilometers per day.
Meanwhile, the company was awarded a first-stage contract by the National Intelligence Office (NRO) under the Strategic Commercial Enhancements Broad Agency Announcement (SCE BAA) program.
The contract was awarded based on the analysis, modeling and simulation of Kleos’ capabilities to support the US Government’s current and future commercial radio frequency (RF) intelligence needs.
Although the company confirmed that the financial value of the first phase contract is insignificant, it believes that it will significantly affect the potential of Kleos in the future to supply the US government market.
“We are very proud to have won this contract with NRO and begin our planned path to growth with the Earth observation radio frequency data that the company has used for imagery for years,” said Chief Revenue Officer Eric von Eckartsberg.
“This research project represents a significant opportunity to help NROs evaluate the operational utility and decision-making of commercial RF GEOINT and understand how our unique dataset can be leveraged and integrated with NRO operational capabilities.”
Kleos shares ended the day up 7.14 percent to close at 30 cents.