HawkEye 360, Inc., a subsidiary of Allied Minds (LSE:ALM), has selected Deep Space Industries and their sub-contractor, the University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), as the manufacturer for the Pathfinder small satellite cluster.
Deep Space Industries has also chosen to participate in HawkEye 360’s first preferred financing round. The agreement is a key component in the commercial development of HawkEye 360’s space-based radio frequency mapping and analytics system for use by commercial enterprises and governments.
While the company’s Pathfinder cluster is scheduled for launch and testing in late 2017, once the full commercial constellation is launched, HawkEye 360 will be operating the world’s first privately-funded constellation of small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is less than 600 kilometers from the Earth’s surface, to collect data and generate reports on geolocated wireless signals that can be used to monitor global transportation networks, support government requirements, and assist with emergencies. For government regulators, telecommunications companies and satellite broadcasters, HawkEye 360 could monitor RF spectrum usage to identify areas of interference and allocated-but-unused bandwidth.
Space-based detection of RF signals allows HawkEye 360 to locate and characterize difficult-to-visualize wireless spectrum information in a more accurate and efficient manner when compared to terrestrial detection and image analysis. By taking RF data and turning it into information, HawkEye 360 will be able to give commercial enterprises and governments better knowledge to make critical decisions.
The HawkEye 360 data-processing technology was originally developed by Dr. Charles Clancy and Dr. Bob McGwier at Virginia Tech’s Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Drs. Clancy and McGwier co-founded HawkEye 360 along with Chief Operating Officer Chris DeMay. HawkEye 360 is a subsidiary of Boston-based Allied Minds (LSE: ALM).
“Deep Space Industries and SFL are important strategic partners to help us accelerate the capabilities and applications of small satellite technology,” said John Serafini, CEO of HawkEye 360 and Senior Vice President of Allied Minds. “Selecting and securing our satellite development partners to manufacture and launch the constellation is an important step forward as it will result soon in on-orbit capabilities that will be available to our government and commercial customers.”