National Reconnaissance Office Awards Contract to Kleos Space

“We are very proud to receive this contract with the NRO, and to start our projected journey to growth with RF Earth Observation data,” says chief revenue officer Eric von Eckartsberg (© Kleos)

Throughout this contract, Kleos will demonstrate the accuracy of its radio frequency geolocation data over land and water. 

As an agency of the US department of defence, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has been evaluating new and emerging radio frequency (RF) intelligence capabilities and providers.

The Luxembourg-based Kleos Space, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Mission-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider, was one of the spacetechs selected to showcase its innovative services.

“We are very proud to receive this contract with the NRO, and to start our projected journey to growth with RF Earth Observation data, which imagery companies have been enjoying for many years,” said Kleos’ chief revenue officer Eric von Eckartsberg.

The NRO builds and operates the US Government’s space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, providing satellite, signals, and imagery intelligence to government agencies. It is responsible for maintaining global vigilance in times of peace and war. 

Under the project, Kleos will provide insights into how to optimize evolving commercial RF geolocation capability to enhance and augment existing capabilities in a persistent, resilient, cost-effective manner that is also easily shareable across the US government, and with international partners and allies.

“This study project represents a significant opportunity for Kleos to help the NRO assess the operational and decision-making usefulness of commercial RF GEOINT and understanding how our unique data set can be leveraged and fused with NRO’s operational capabilities through a combination of modelling and simulation, and analysis of collected data from our growing constellation of satellite clusters,” elaborates Eric von Eckartsberg.

Later stages will emphasize tasking, data collection and direct delivery of data to end-users. This contract will allow Kleos to support the US Government Defense, Intelligence, and Law enforcement missions, thanks to the integration of its data within the NRO’s capabilities.

“Our four satellites per cluster constellation has significant operational benefits, including increased resilience and risk reduction compared to systems with fewer satellites. It enables us to collect additional radio frequencies within each band and accurately detect transmissions even when the tracking or positional system has been disabled or turned off,” says Eric von Eckartsberg.

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