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”.
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.