Navy to experiment with Kleos satellite RF sensing data

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Espace Kleos Inc. announced on Monday that they have entered into a research and development agreement with the US Navy for an experimental effort that will use radio frequency (RF) sensing data provided by the company’s satellites for maritime domain awareness.

Mission-realistic demonstrations will include sanctions reporting, embargoed transshipment monitoring, search and rescue, resource management, fisheries control, smuggling and border security. Kleos Space Inc. is the American subsidiary of the Luxembourg company Espace Kléos SA.

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is with the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane and is the first phase of the Office of Naval Research’s SCOUT experimentation campaign to rapidly examine technologies against operational challenges . The campaign assists Joint Interagency Task Force-South, which is responsible for detecting, monitoring and targeting drug trafficking in the air and sea domains.

The exercises will begin in mid-2022 and will include a series of “sprint” exercises and evaluations leading up to a main experimentation event in the second phase of the campaign. The second phase could include contracts for rapid prototyping efforts of 12 to 18 months.

Kleos currently operates 12 small Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that geolocate RF transmissions on Earth, including from ships at sea that have turned off their automatic identification transponders but can still transmit signals by other means. such as satellite communication systems.

“This is a great opportunity for Kleos to support the U.S. Navy in its efforts to innovate, learn, and find solutions that help warfighters make the right decisions quickly in the field,” said Eric von Eckartsberg, Chief Revenue Officer of Kleos, in a press release. statement. “Kleos data improves the ability to detect and monitor suspicious vessels in wider areas and over longer detection intervals. Our RF data dramatically expands reach, access and search volume to reach the vast maritime domain for asset failover and queuing. »

Karyn Hayes-Ryan, U.S. director of Kleos Space Inc., said the demonstrations will be an opportunity to work with the Navy to explore what RF sensing can bring to the table.

“It may start off a bit traditional, but I think the integration with other elements may surprise us all,” she said. By satellite sister outing daily defense.

Commercial remote sensing of various types, including electro-optical, radar and RF, is increasingly being used for commercial and national security purposes. The National Reconnaissance Office is expected to issue a solicitation for commercial RF detection data soon. The spy agency already has small contracts in place for Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery and last week awarded contracts to Maxar Technologies, BlackSky technologyand Planet Labs billions of dollars over the next 10 years for electro-optical imaging.

This story was first published by sister outlet Via Satellite Defense Daily.

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