On Wednesday 9 February 2022, Kleos, a space-powered radio frequency reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company with operations in Luxembourg, the United States and the United Kingdom, announced partnership with geospatial analytics company Satellogic, to pursue government and commercial tenders.
Satellogic is a leading provider of high-resolution satellite imagery to governments and commercial customers globally and currently has seventeen satellites in low earth orbit. Its high-resolution, high-frequency earth observation platform improves access and affordability of geospatial data for mainstream applications.
Kleos currently has eight satellites in orbit and a further eight launching in first half of 2022, which collect radio frequency (RF) transmissions over key areas of interest to produce its Guardian LOCATE data products. It can be used to validate or tip and cue existing datasets or establish a baseline pattern of behaviour.
Under the partnership, Kleos’ RF data will be layered with other types of earth observation data as a comprehensive intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) offering. The integrated datasets will improve situational awareness and provide critical insights, which enable decision-making at scale for government customers. The partnership opens the doors for collaboration on current opportunities as well as many future opportunities.
Eric von Eckartsberg, Chief Revenue Officer at Kleos, said: "Satellogic is a complementary geospatial data and analytics provider, and we are leveraging our combined products and technology to secure large-scale government and commercial tenders. Satellogic will lead the tender response on opportunities, and we look forward to supporting them with our precision radio frequency geolocation data, low earth orbit technology and industry know-how. We’re really looking forward to unlocking new capabilities from the fusion of these datasets and are confident our customers, both government and commercial, will realise significant benefits".
Commenting on the partnership, President at Satellogic North America, Matt Tirman added: "Collaboration is key in advancing geospatial technology for complex and global-scale missions. We believe this partnership will accelerate the development and deployment of breakthrough ISR capabilities to enable more effective and timely strategies in identifying and mitigating emerging threats.”
Kleos’ radio frequency geolocation data enhances the ISR capabilities of governments and commercial entities, like the detection of illegal activities, including piracy, drug and people smuggling and border security challenges. Its global activity-based data complements existing commercial datasets, as it does not rely on the presence of positioning systems, such as GPS or AIS.
Kleos currently has eight satellites in orbit with launches for its Patrol and Observer Missions scheduled for April and June 2022 respectively. The Patrol and Observer Missions will each increase Kleos’ daily global coverage by 119 million km2.