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COVID-19 restrictions force delay of Kleos Space satellite launch Featured

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Australian-listed space technology operator Kleos Space has delayed the launch of its scouting mission communications satellite due to the COVID 19 restrictions.

The satellite has been scheduled to launch aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India.

Kleos (ASX:KSS) shipped the Scouting Mission satellites to the integration and launch site in February and shipment occurred on schedule, as advised to the market on 12 Feb, in preparation for launch activities.

After launch the Kleos’ satellites will position into a 37-degree inclination orbit, covering crucial shipping regions for defence and security customers including the Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea the Australian coast, Southern US coast as well as the East and West African coasts.

And when launched, the satellites will form the foundation of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when the Automatic Identification System (AIS) is defeated, imagery unclear or targets out of patrol range.

Kleos previously announced the appointment of Sean McKay as senior business developer for its US and Middle East operations.

McKay is a retired US Air Force Colonel and a graduated Senior Materiel Leader with more than 22 years’ experience in program management for various Departments of Defence, Foreign Military Sales, and Intelligence Community activities in command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, space, cyber, ground integration, operational systems and operational test.

Kleos said McKay will engage with a large network of defence specialists in the US Air Force and Saudi Arabia.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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