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Kleos sets new date for Scouting Mission satellites launch Featured

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Australian-listed space technology operator Kleos Space is now targetting the first half of November for launch of its Scouting Mission satellites after delaying the launch in March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Kleos (ASX:KSS) launch will take place at the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C49 Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range in India under a rideshare contract with Spaceflight Inc, with the launch managed by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space.  

The Kleos’ Scouting Mission four satellites have been mission-ready since the middle of 2019, and were shipped to the launch site during February 2020, anticipating the launch during March 2020.

Kleos says the targetted launch date of November - based on the current status of planning of activities - is subject to change due to operational circumstances beyond NewSpace India (NSIL) control and the exact launch date will be confirmed once the activities at the launch base progress successfully.

Kleos originally shipped the Scouting Mission satellites to the integration and launch site in February and shipment occurred on schedule in preparation for launch activities.

After launch the 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.

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.


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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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