Monday, 22 July 2019 12:23

Kleos satellite launch re-scheduled for later this year

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Luxembourg-based space technology operator Kleos Space says its scouting mission satellite launch period has been extended to October this year by launch provider Rocket Lab.

Kleos says the planned second mission will be focused on delivering enhanced coverage of the earth closer to the equator, increasing the company’s revenues and customer base.

Kleos’ chief executive Andy Bowyer said, “We are well prepared for this launch date extension. Launches are exceptionally complex and often prone to delays. Our competent team will use this extra time to expand the number of customer contracts secured, to continue to develop our data products, and rapidly progress our 2ndgeneration satellites.

“The planned 2nd mission will be focused on delivering enhanced coverage of the Earth closer to the equator, increasing our revenues and our customer base.

“Developing the second-generation satellites at this early stage will allow us to gain advantage following the successful launch of the Scouting Mission and allow us to stay on schedule for the overall business growth.”

Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said: “Following six successful orbital missions since January 2018, Rocket Lab is rapidly scaling production and launch operations to meet growing market demand. We look forward to launching Kleos satellites in the coming months as we continue to increase our launch cadence.”

“As a responsible and highly focussed Space business we are constantly aware of the complexities of the space industry and we are prepared to take advantage of unplanned opportunities,” Bowyer added.

“Kleos is doing everything possible to minimise schedule movements and launch the Kleos satellites into orbit as quickly as possible.

“The Kleos Scouting Mission launch is dependent on parties outside of Kleos control. Notwithstanding that our team has ensured that our satellites are mission ready, but we cannot launch without a vehicle.

“Due to Rocket Lab's manifest requirements and their evolving production schedule, Kleos' next available launch opportunity has been extended beyond our contractual launch period ending August 2019 to October 2019.

"We have been advised that Rocket Lab is doing everything possible to minimise schedule movements and launch the Kleos satellites as quickly as possible.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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