Kleos Space Second Cluster Procurement Finalised with ISISpace
Posted on October 22, 2020 | News
Luxembourg, October 22, 2020 – Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company announces that it has selected ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. (ISISpace) to provide turnkey satellite build and support for the Kleos Space – Polar Vigilance Mission (KSF1), consisting of four nanosatellites.
With 15 years of experience in providing turn-key small satellite missions, ISISpace is well placed to provide a reliable build and launch support for Kleos’s KSF1 mission. ISISpace’s services will include design, development, production, testing, launch integration services and Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) support.
In addition to its own data provision, the Kleos KSF1 Mission will enhance the capability of the Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM1) launching early November from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India by allowing exploitation of combined data sets where orbital paths intersect (or are close).
Miles Ashcroft, CTO of Kleos Space said that “the KSF1 mission allows us to build on the experience gained throughout the KSM1 campaign. We are using that experience to put another cluster into operation making changes that increase the robustness of the mission without imparting any additional technical risk”.
Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space, commented, “The launch of the second cluster will be the next step in building a constellation of up to 20 clusters, providing valuable insights within key locations of interest. ISISpace taking equity as partial consideration for the second cluster is a strong show of confidence in Kleos.”
Jeroen Rotteveel, CEO of ISISpace, confirmed that “being a strategic partner for Kleos to build and support their second cluster in line with the specification and schedule as required is exactly the kind of service and flexibility ISISpace can offer, understanding Kleos’ business model and needs for their future constellation”.
Andy Bowyer added: ”The launch of the Polar Vigilance Mission means we take another step on that journey, collecting more data, over new areas opening additional markets whilst also providing a higher value product for our existing customer base.”
The delivery of the KSF1 multi-nanosatellite system is planned to take place in Q2 2021 for launch mid-year on the SpaceX Falcon 9.
About Kleos Space S.A.
Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS) is a space enabled, activity-based intelligence, data as a service company based in Luxembourg. Kleos Space aims to guard borders, protect assets and save lives by delivering global activity-based intelligence and geolocation as a service. The first Kleos Space satellite system, known as Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM), will deliver commercially available data and perform as a technology demonstration. KSM will be the keystone for a later global high capacity constellation. The Scouting Mission will deliver targeted daily services with the full constellation delivering near-real-time global observation.
 Kleos will ultimately aim to provide rapid refresh rates which will require a small constellation of no more than 20 satellite clusters delivering highly useful operational capability. The timeline for building up to a constellation will be driven by customer demand i.e. required revisit times or geographic areas of interest.
Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISpace) is one of the leading companies in the small satellite market. Founded in 2006, the company operates globally and serves customers worldwide in accomplishing their space missions and applications.
ISISpace specializes in realizing innovative turn-key small satellite missions including launch and operations for in-orbit delivery. ISISpace designs and delivers small satellite platforms, for single missions and constellations, either standardized or optimized in performance and size tailored to the mission needs. In addition to that, the company supports space capability building through training programs, knowledge transfer as well as component sales.
Currently, ISISpace employs over 125 specialist employees from 25 different nationalities.