Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company confirms that final preparations for the launch of Kleos’ four Scouting Mission nanosatellites has been completed by its team of mission experts in India. Launch is targeted for 7th November from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre, aboard NewSpace India Limited’s (NSIL) PSLV C49.
The Kleos team performed system checkout and mechanical inspection prior to battery charging and fuelling. The satellites were then armed for flight, inserted into their dispensers ready for integration onto the PSLV-C49 launch vehicle.
The India Space Research Organisation have published on their website the following information on launch timing:
“India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in its 51st mission (PSLV-C49), will launch EOS-01 as primary satellite along with nine international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1502 Hrs IST (20:32 AEDT) on November 07, 2020, subject to weather conditions.”
Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space added – “We are immensely proud of the entire team, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to get our Scouting satellites launched in the middle of a pandemic. We have moved one step closer to delivering our data products that will enhance situational awareness for our customers.”
Simulation of Kleos satellites in orbit post launch. www.shorturl.at/hnDM0
The Scouting Mission satellites will launch into a 37-degree inclination, significantly improving data collection over crucial areas of interest such as Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea, East/West Africa, Southern Sea of Japan, northern Australian coast e.g. the Timor Sea.