HawkEye 360, Inc., the first commercial company to use cluster formation flying of small satellites to develop a new class of precision geoanalytic products, has announced that it selected Norway´s Kongsberg Satellite Service (KSAT) to provide ground station services for its pathfinder mission, the company said.
HawkEye 360 plans to use its commercial satellite constellations to identify and geolocate a broad set of radio frequency (RF) signals, and is developing a suite of analytic products to process those signals and help provide unique insights that solve hard challenges for global customers.
The agreement with KSAT will allow information about signals detected by HawkEye 360´s Pathfinder satellites to be downlinked directly to KSAT´s ground station in Svalbard, Norway. HawkEye 360 will then process the signals at its Herndon, Virginia headquarters.
KSAT is a provider of ground station communication services to LEO satellites, with a special focus on polar orbits. From its headquarters in Norway, the company has been pioneering the ground segment business for 50 years. Its Svalbard Ground Station, located on 78 Í¦ North, is the world´s largest commercial ground station that, due to the unique location, provides all-orbit support.
Utilization of the Svalbard ground station will enable fresh and timely data reception of HawkEye 360 data. HawkEye 360 will be using the KSAT Lite product platform, an industry-leading new space network developed by KSAT. The standardized KSAT Lite solution will also enable HawkEye 360 to tie in additional stations in KSAT´s global network to further enhance near real-time delivery of their data product.
HawkEye 360 is an RF data analytics company. We build, operate and sustain a first-of-its kind commercial satellite constellation to identify, geolocate, and process a broad set of RF signals. With this unique data set and our suite of proprietary processing and machine learning tools, we create powerful data analytic products that solve hard challenges for our global customers.
KSAT is a provider of ground station communication services to LEO satellites with special focus on polar orbits. Its Svalbard Ground Station located on 78 Í¦North is the world´s largest commercial ground station that provides all-orbit support. KSAT operates 20 sites with more than 130 full motion antennas in a global interconnected network. More information about KSAT is at www.ksat.no.