Monday, 27 May 2019 11:35

Kleos Space, Rocket Lab prepare for Scouting Mission satellites launch

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Kleos Space, Rocket Lab prepare for Scouting Mission satellites launch Image Somchai Som at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Luxembourg-based satellite technology company Kleos Space has confirmed an August launch of its Scouting Mission satellites on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle.

Kleos’ chief executive Andy Bowyer said: “Kleos technical team have applied themselves exceptionally well to achieve this stage mission-readiness for the Kleos’ Scouting Mission and continue to optimise the post launch phase of the mission to ensure revenue generating data starts flowing as quick as possible.

“They have also worked well with GomSpace to improve the satellites capabilities further enhancing our offer to the market.”

Rocket Lab’s senior vice-president of Global Launch Services, Lars Hoffman, said the team was “proud to provide Kleos with responsive and tailored access to orbit”.

“We’re excited to give the Kleos Scouting Mission satellites a first-class ride to orbit on Electron. We’ve worked closely with the Kleos team to design a tailored rideshare mission that lays the strong foundation for a future constellation.”

Kleos said all preparations on the Scouting Mission satellites were on track for mission readiness and would be on-site, ready for flight preparation as soon as the Rocket Lab customer area was ready to accept the Kleos team for integration activities.

And Kleos said satellite testing would conclude with a complete system test using KSAT (Kleos Scouting Mission ground station service provider) specialist ground station equipment, immediately prior to flight acceptance review and dispatch to the launch site.

Kleos announced that all four satellites had successfully completed the necessary checks with the Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built Maxwell dispenser which is used for deployment from the Electron kick stage to low Earth orbit.

It said the Scouting Mission satellites were to be commissioned in a precise 500 km Sun Synchronous Orbit as part of a rideshare mission with Rocket Lab who have advised that the 14-day launch window would be publicly notified approximately 20 days prior to the target launch date.

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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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