Satnews Daily
November 27th, 2018

No Go for SpaceX's Wednesday Launch of HawkEye 360 and the First Cluster of Three Formation Satellites

SpaceX has released an announcement notifying all concerned that the Wednesday, November 28 at 1:32 pm EST for the launch of Spaceflight's SSO-A: SmallSat Express from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California has been canceled due to extreme high-altitude winds that violate Range requirements.

Hawkeye 360 satellite concept

When the launch does take place there will be a 'first' as the HawkEye 360 will deploy its first cluster of three formation-flying, RF-geolocating small satellites.  

HawkEye 360’s first three formation-flying small satellites are expected to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 via Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission, the largest rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle to date.

Once live, the satellites will deliver a unique source of radio frequency (RF) data that HawkEye 360 will use to create first-of-its-kind analytics.

HawkEye 360 is the first company to commercialize RF analytics by using formation flying satellites to create a new data source. These analytics will help the commercial and government sectors tackle massive problems, including piracy, illegal fishing, smuggling/trafficking, spectrum mapping and management and disaster response efforts.