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.
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.”