Altitude Angel launches surveillance API to prove ‘Truly comprehensive real-time picture of the airspace’

London, UK: Altitude Angel, the world’s leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, is making available a surveillance API which will allow integrators to both share and receive flight data from a variety of sensors and devices in near real-time, providing a truly comprehensive real-time picture of the airspace.

The surveillance API provides a mechanism for commercial drone manufacturers, flight app developers and drone fleet operators to ‘push’ aircraft surveillance data (called ‘position reports’) directly to Altitude Angel, which is then standardised and correlated with other data sources in its network. This, in turn, makes it easier for companies using the data to obtain a richer ‘moving picture’ of the sky which can be used at airport locations, or in drone flight control apps, to enhance safety and security.

By ‘fusing’ all data from multiple sensors into a common database, and correlating it with other sources, Altitude Angel is able to provide a rich, real-time data view of the sky with greater validation than a single sensor can otherwise provide, thereby helping to enhance overall safety.

Position reports, along with data from other sources, deliver a comprehensive picture of the airspace in real-time which is used by Altitude Angel’s other services such as Airspace Alerts and Tactical Conflict Resolution Service (CRS), which provides ‘air traffic control’ like instructions to drones as they fly to help them avoid each other, and other aircraft, even if they’re operated by different companies.

Only position reports from devices and users which have been pre-registered and can authenticate with the API and contribute or receive data.

The surveillance infrastructure is intended to be used by or with:

 Drone detection sensors

 Traditional ATM sensors, such as RADAR

 Software developers who wish to provide data from one, or more, connected/observed

vehicles

Transmission of surveillance data to the Altitude Angel platform has numerous benefits. By connecting, sensor and device manufacturers can more easily share their own data across long distances, using the Altitude Angel platform as a secure distribution channel. Equally, once on the platform, it can easily be ‘channelled’ into other services, such as the Conflict Resolution Service, providing the ability to interface with drone flight control, or airport security systems.

On Altitude Angel rolling out the surveillance API Richard Parker, Altitude Angel CEO and founder, said: “By offering our surveillance API to developers and manufacturers, we’re taking another significant step towards providing a single-point-source-of-truth which is needed to realise routine, automated drone flights. By using this API, implementors can benefit from the tremendous ‘fusion’ capability in the system and will receive enhanced position data back. Data can then be routed into other functions offered by the GuardianUTM cloud platform, including tactical conflict resolution and Airspace Alerts.”

Anyone wishing to integrate with Altitude Angel’s surveillance API can do so via

https://docs.altitudeangel.com/docs/surveillance-api

Swift UAS Teams Break New Ground in Japan

High Value Targets Found in Minutes Versus Days During Wake-Cho Feasibility Study

San Clemente, CA & Wake-Cho, Japan – Teams from Swift Tactical Systems, in partnership with its Japanese counterpart, Swift-Xi, both subsidiaries of Swift Engineering, completed personnel search and rescue and animal identification missions as part of a contract with Okayama Prefecture in Japan. The proof of concept program validates Swift’s unmanned aerial systems and capabilities under unique scenarios. First, the team’s ability to perform advanced search and rescue missions in dense forests, and second, the system’s ability to quickly detect, identify, and track the nighttime movements of animals that are destructive to the region.

The joint Swift teams flew integrated unmanned vehicle systems including, Swift air vehicles with mounted NightHawk2 cameras streaming live video to ground control. The operations teams demonstrated superior workflow capabilities during the day and nighttime missions. They exceeded performance expectations by identifying half a dozen animals during one-night flight and finding three separated, lost hikers in a heavily wooded area during another mission.

“Our teams proved that our combined military expertise and advanced UAS technology with real-time intelligence and data gathering capabilities are a powerful force in the industry. We were able to cover a 550-acre area and find all of our targets in less than 35 minutes,” says Alex Echeverria, Vice President of Swift Tactical Systems.

While this is the first time Wake-Cho is testing unmanned systems and technologies to perform tasks commonly addressed by humans on foot, it is not the first time Swift teams have provided real-time intelligence to government officials in Japan. Swift Tactical Systems and Swift-Xi recently completed multiple contracts for Kobe City. Government officials there are using Swift’s unmanned aerial systems and teams to track environmental changes such as landslide monitoring, seawall shifts, algae blooms, and invasive species, all of which pose risks to its aging population.

“As Japan’s population rate steadily declines and its aging workforce continues to rise, government officials and the private sector are looking for ways to manage critical tasks that are traditionally performed by people on the ground. We are proud to support government officials and private sector visionaries who are looking ahead to ensure the safety of Japan’s population and its future,” says Rick Heise, President and CEO of Swift Engineering.

About Swift Tactical Systems

Swift Tactical Systems provides unmatched capabilities utilizing disruptive unmanned systems technologies and operational expertise for military and government applications. Headquartered in San Clemente, California, the company delivers fully integrated unmanned systems solutions for collecting, processing, and providing real-time intelligence and data, enabling governments and organizations to make informed decisions. Swift Tactical Systems is a subsidiary of Swift Engineering, Inc. Also headquartered in San Clemente, Swift Engineering is an innovation company with a 35-year history of design, engineering and build heritage in intelligent systems and advanced vehicles, including autonomous systems, helicopters, submarines, spacecraft, ground vehicles, robotics, and advanced composites.

About Swift-Xi

Swift-Xi Inc. (スウィフト・エックスアイ株式会社) is a Japanese joint venture between Swift Engineering Inc. and the Kobe Institute of Computing, located in the city of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture. Swift-Xi is focused on accelerating social innovation by cultivating and developing disruptive technologies and innovation for autonomous systems, robotics & AI, urban mobility, and power management.

Revised process issued for Non-Standard Flight applications in place of the Airspace User Portal

  • Airspace User Portal suspended from 30 April
  • New guidance for users issued
  • Details can be found at www.nats.co.uk/nsf

NATS has issued further guidance for those using the Airspace User Portal (AUP), following news of the portal’s suspension as of 30 April 2020. The suspension was announced earlier this month in response to the impact felt by the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent restrictions.

From 1 May 2020, users requesting new Non-Standard Flights (NSFs) in Controlled Airspace, parachute drops, Class D transits and drone flights (at airfields listed below) should revert to instructions contained within AIP ENR 1.1 section 4.1 and found on www.nats.co.uk/nsf.

If a request has been submitted prior to 30 April and received an Approval in principle, there is no need to file an additional submission on the new website, but copies must be downloaded as there will be no access to the AUP after 30 April. However, if a response has not yet been received, then a new request must be made via www.nats.co.uk/nsf.

From 1 May, www.nats.co.uk/nsf will enable users to submit requests to NATS, which will be approved or rejected as soon as possible; applications in Restricted Areas R157, R158 and R159 may take up to 28 days. Advance approval does not constitute an approval to fly; the user must activate the advance approval and still obtain further approval from air traffic control on the day of flight.

Operators and pilots will also be able use the website to request drone flights in the following Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ):

  • Heathrow Airport
  • London City Airport
  • London Luton Airport
  • London Stansted Airport
  • Aberdeen Airport
  • Glasgow Airport
  • Belfast International Airport
  • Belfast City Airport
  • Manchester Airport
  • Cardiff Airport
  • St. Athan Airport
  • Bristol Airport
  • Southampton Airport
  • Farnborough Airport
  • Woodvale Airport
  • Middle Wallop Airport
  • Barkston Heath Airport
  • London Heliport Battersea

For drone requests at an airport other than those listed, operators must contact the appropriate airport or air traffic control provider, details of which can be found in the UK AIP that can be accessed via the Drone Safe website – https://dronesafe.uk/.

Any questions related to NSF operations, including drone requests at the airports listed above and Class D Transits should be sent via the ‘Contact Us’ form on the revised website www.nats.co.uk/nsf.

For drone related questions or requests for access to any other UK airport’s Flight Restriction Zone, please see https://dronesafe.uk/ or visit the airport’s website for more details.

For transit of Class D controlled airspace, please:

  • Freecall the appropriate frequency to request transit
  • Remain outside controlled airspace
  • Only enter controlled airspace after a clearance has been issued
  • Plan an alternative route that can be flown in the event that a clearance cannot be issued

Andy Sage, Head of UTM, NATS, said: “Despite the current circumstances, we remain committed to enabling fair and equitable access to the airspace and in a way that protects the safety of all our customers. We are therefore pleased to roll out the new process for submitting Non-Standard Flight Applications and we hope that this meets expectations for all users’ – including drone operators.”

Sky Power GmbH invests in additional engine test cell and new measuring equipment

In order to further evolve product quality, the German engine manufacturer Sky Power GmbH has expanded its technical equipment. One additional engine test cell and a picture-guided 3D coordinate-measuring device from Keyence was installed.

The new investments will benefit both product development and ongoing series production. “Especially in product development, we want to achieve a high level of quality right from the start, as this enables us to minimize optimization loops during the test phase with the customer,” explains Karsten Schudt, Managing Director of Sky Power GmbH. The engine development is carried out completely within the 3D-CAD software Solid Works. Subsequently, all important components are created as prototypes and pre-series parts, which are then tested. These measurements must be extremely precise. “For this reason, we decided to purchase the Keyence XM 1200 3D coordinate measuring system to check initial samples for dimensional accuracy with the 3D measuring device,” says Schudt. The system uses infrared transmission combined with the latest optical technologies to ensure high-precision measurement. The device is also used in the incoming inspection of serial production parts, such as cylinders, to detect defective parts before they are assembled.

Sky Power has also invested in a new engine test bench on which all prototypes and pre-series are tested to verify basic performance data. These data for torque, power, consumption, operating temperatures and service life are documented, for example in a 150-hour test. “This enables us to determine precisely at a very early stage whether we are achieving the desired performance parameters. This is particularly important for new custom developments,” explains Schudt. The test stand is also used for the continuous improvement of the engine range. “We can thus test new developments quickly and reliably and compare the performance data collected with those of previous series,” adds Schudt. The water-cooled engine test bench is designed for power outputs of up to 16 kW and up to 9000 rpm.

The engine test stand was particularly important for the development of the recently introduced heavy fuel (HF) engines. Time and time again new development steps could be tested and compared. “Since the development of these engines was based on a customer request, the time frame was very tight. The technical specifications had to be met,” says Schudt. But the second test bench was also used during development. This is a propeller test setup, which is also located at the Sky Power site. With the propeller test bench, the functional and quality verification is determined by means of routine testing. All performance data are collected and are documented in a test report.

Sky Power GmbH is a leading manufacturer of 2-stroke combustion- and Wankel engines for UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) and hybrid applications. Besides in-house development and manufacturing, Sky Power produces all engines in Germany. Custom adaptations, new developments and continuous performance improvements of the combustion engines are ongoing company objectives.

April Showers? Bring Them on With the PowerEgg X Weatherproof Drone

The PowerEgg X is a high-performance, weatherproof drone, equipped with a 4K/60fps camera and tri-axial mechanical stability augmentation technologies, making it perfect for aerial photography and videography.

PowerVision Robot Corporation, a global leader in smart drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, has the ultimate drone to keep customers entertained rain or shine, the PowerEgg X. A first of its kind in the industry, the device features a revolutionary design that can easily be equipped with weatherproof accessories (waterproof case and landing float), allowing it to take off and land on water, as well as fly in heavy rain.

“Until now, if you wanted to fly your drone, you had to wait for ideal weather conditions,” said Wally Zheng, Founder and CEO of PowerVision. “With the introduction of the PowerEgg X, pilots, content creators, and hobbyists can fly without worrying about that small raincloud off in the distance. The device redefines what is possible with a drone by allowing users to capture incredible footage, rain or shine. Plus, it’s packed with incredible features for hobbyists and professionals alike!”

In addition to its game-changing weatherproof features, the PowerEgg X is also a high-performance drone equipped with a 4K/60fps camera and tri-axial mechanical stability augmentation technologies, making it perfect for aerial photography and videography. The drone features a flight time of 30 minutes, automatic obstacle avoidance, precise landing, intelligent flight modes, wind speed resistance up to 29-38 knots, 1080P image transmission within a distance of 3.7 miles, and much more.

Everyone has heard of the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Now pilots can film all through April’s showers, as well as May’s flowers once it gets nicer out next month – all in 4k HD.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerEgg X is available now with an MSRP of $899 for the Explorer package and $1249 for the weatherproof Wizard package. The device is available at BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, Amazon.com and Powervision.me.

About PowerVision

With a mission to “innovate the future,” the PowerVision Group is a global technology leader focusing on UAV-related products and services, including smart drones, data visualization, and forecasting, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Founded in 2009, PowerVision Group employs around 500 employees globally in China, the U.S., Japan, Australia, Germany, and Finland. For more information, visit: http://www.powervision.me

AUVSI Free Webinars!

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host XPONENTIAL Virtual Sessions, a week-long webinar series offering information, insights and insider knowledge covering topics including drone delivery, public safety, connectivity, and other aspects of the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The series will take place online from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8, and admission to each session iscomplimentary for all participants.

AUVSI’s annual XPONENTIAL conference and trade show was scheduled to start in Boston on May 4. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been postponed. AUVSI is producing the webinar series during the week XPONENTIAL was scheduled to convene to continue to provide information on technical and business topics that are relevant to the unmanned systems industry.

Here is the schedule for the XPONENTIAL Virtual Sessions, the guest speakers and a description of their presentations:

Monday, May 4, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT: Digital Twins – The Future of Virtual and Mixed Reality Robotic Avatars

Peter Haas, Associate Director, Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative, Brown University

Mr. Hass will describe how Advances in Mixed and Virtual Reality control will lead to a UX revolution for avatar-based robotic teleoperation where the manipulation of digital twins will translate to manipulation of a robot – or robots – in the physical world.

Click here for complimentary registration.

Tuesday, May 5, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT: Drone Delivery Supporting Public Health

Eric Gardiner and Eric Lasker, Federal Business Development, Zipline

Executives from Zipline will describe how drone delivery has evolved through the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program and is now being adapted to help community healthcare partners respond to COVID-19 in the United States.

Click here for complimentary registration.

Wednesday, May 6, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT: NASA’s Vision and Role to Enable Urban Air Mobility

Robert Pearce, Associate Administrator, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and Brian Wynne, President and CEO, AUVSI

Mr. Pearce will review initiatives to enable small UAS operating at low altitude through a UAS Traffic Management System and large UAS operating in higher altitude airspace with definitive flight experiments to validate key standards, such as detect and avoid technology. Mr. Wynne will host a discussion with Mr. Pearce about his full vision for future aviation, including what the next 50 years has in store for commercial airline travel and Urban Air Mobility.

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Thursday, May 7, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT: Advancing Autonomy Through DARPA Challenge to Benefit First Responders

Dr. Timothy Chung, Program Manager, DARPA Tactical Technology Office

DARPA’s Subterranean (SubT) Challenge engages international teams to deploy autonomous systems – rolling, walking, flying, and floating – to remotely map, identify, and report on artifacts discovered along underground courses. Dr. Chung will discuss persisting challenges with robotics, how teams are succeeding in competition while advancing unmanned capabilities and how these lessons can benefit first responders.

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Friday, May 8, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT: Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity – Bridging the Gap Between Cellular and Aviation

Mark Davis, Technical Lead, ACJA

Mr. Davis will explore the latest roadmap for aviation and cellular communications, including how recent initiatives such as Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA) are aimed at providing a standards framework to enable unmanned aerial cellular. ACJA is a joint activity between GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, and the Global UTM Association (GUTMA), a non-profit consortium of worldwide Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) stakeholders.

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HAPS Alliance Members Outline Commercial Opportunity in Earth’s Stratosphere

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Loon LLC, Airbus Defence and Space, HAPSMobile Inc., Intelsat US LLC, and Nokia Corporation see a rare, untapped commercial opportunity in the skies above Earth’s atmosphere. All members of the recently-formed HAPS Alliance, the companies outlined in a White Paper published today a multi-billion dollar market opportunity in Earth’s stratosphere that spans telecommunications, high-resolution earth observation, and weather prediction and modeling.

Earth’s stratosphere — which spans from just above the lower atmosphere to the edge of space — has long been deemed unsuitable for commercial operations because of its harsh conditions. However, advances in technology over the last decade have made operating in the stratosphere possible, making the region ripe for commercial activity going forward.

The White Paper outlines significant opportunity in the telecommunications sector, with the ability of stratospheric technologies to drive significant growth in the $3.9 trillion mobile technologies and services business by bringing millions of people online, reconnecting people after disasters, building out the next generation of 5G networks, and connecting the future of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Another area of commercial opportunity outlined in the White Paper is earth observation (EO) and weather prediction and modeling. The $3 billion satellite segment of the EO market is growing steadily, as is the $4.4 billion drone service market. As stratospheric technologies develop, they will tap into portions of both markets, while stimulating new market demand due to their unique capabilities. Potential use-cases include: collecting data around natural and man-made disasters to enable more effective responses to wildfires, oil spills, floods and more; tracking meteorology to improve weather forecasts; monitoring natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure; and tracking large stretches of oceans for illegal fishing, pollution, or piracy.

While the stratospheric market is in its nascent stages, the enormous opportunities are drawing attention from a variety of sectors, including aviation and space manufacturers, global technology leaders, telecommunications operators, and startups. Some notable activities include:

  • Loon has flown thousands of stratospheric vehicles, with an average flight duration of over 4 months and a 223-day flight duration record, delivering connectivity to over 300,000 people in partnership with telecom operators such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Telefonica.
  • Airbus completed a 26-day stratospheric flight using a fixed-wing vehicle.
  • SoftBank Corp.’s HAPSMobile, in partnership with AeroVironment, and Boeing are developing fixed wing vehicles spanning approximately 80 meters.
  • World View completed a 40+ day balloon flight, and Raven regularly flies balloon missions.
  • Thales and Sceye are developing high altitude airships.

The full white paper can be downloaded here.

Evert Dudok, Executive Vice President, Airbus Defence and Space: “HAPS are complementary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft providing affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services. They will revolutionise the way we are able to manage environmental and humanitarian earth observation and communications missions around the World”.

Junichi Miyakawa, Representative Director & CTO, SoftBank Corp. / President & CEO, HAPSMobile Inc.: “Both SoftBank Corp. and its subsidiary HAPSMobile are working to connect all people and things around the world, and we share Loon’s vision of bridging the digital divide by utilizing the stratosphere. HAPS also represents a strong addition to telecommunications infrastructure thanks to its resilience in times of natural disasters and its wide-area connectivity from the sky, which enables drone utilization, IoT applications and 5G deployment. We’re excited to be working with Loon as a strategic partner, and we’ve already made great progress by jointly developing a communications payload for our unmanned aircraft system. We look forward to continued collaboration with Loon to deploy cutting-edge technologies and to further advance the business potential of HAPS.”

Greg Ewert, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Intelsat: “As the foundational architects of space-based communications and video broadcast services, Intelsat is continuously exploring new innovations that advance and secure boundless applications for our customers. Ubiquitous communications on a truly global scale that delivers on the growing expectations for low latency and high speed will require the integration of numerous networks and technologies working together in harmony. Intelsat is committed to turning the promise of global communications ubiquity into reality through the advancement of exciting innovations. We view opportunities in the stratosphere as a logical extension to our network designs.”

Alastair Westgarth, CEO, Loon LLC: “The untapped opportunities of the stratosphere are immense. While just ten years ago it seemed an inhospitable place for almost all activities, technology is now enabling us to harness the unique advantages of the stratosphere for a wide range of commercial operations. It’s an exciting time to be on the forefront of this exploration enabled by innovation.”

Kathrin Buvac, President, Nokia Enterprise: “As stewards of innovation, we are proud to collaborate with Alphabet’s Loon to connect the unconnected. Together, we bring an unparalleled combination of skills, expertise and technology to overcome the challenges associated with high-altitude networking infrastructure. Enhanced LTE wireless networking today, and 5G tomorrow will deliver major economic and societal benefits to communities in remote and challenging environments.”

The goal of the HAPS Alliance is to address diverse social issues and create new value by providing telecommunications network connectivity worldwide through the utilization of high altitude vehicles. The Alliance is working to accelerate the development and commercial adoption of HAPS technology by promoting and building industry-wide standards, interoperability guidelines and regulatory policies in both the telecommunication and aviation industries. Current members of the Alliance include: SoftBank Corp.’s HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), Alphabet’s Loon LLC (“Loon”), AeroVironment, Inc. (“AeroVironment”), Airbus Defence and Space, Bharti Airtel Limited (“Bharti Airtel”), China Telecom Corporation Limited (“China Telecom”), Deutsche Telekom AG (“Deutsche Telekom”), Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson”), Intelsat US LLC (“Intelsat”), Nokia Corporation, SoftBank Corp., and Telefónica S.A. (“Telefónica”).

Ascent Vision Technologies Announces New CUAS System Release

Bozeman, Montana….As the need to continue to adapt to the growing threat posed by small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) has released the latest variant of the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS), offering

next-generation portable, on-the-move counter sUAS capabilities.

The newest version of the X-MADIS incorporates several new hardware components for enhanced ruggedness and on-the-move accuracy in rough terrain. It also offers improved power distribution and simpler setup and deployment. To ensure no threat goes undetected, the X-MADIS combines radar with a radio frequency (RF) detection sensor for reliable detection, classification and locating of commercial sUAS.

Tailored to each mission, customers now have a choice of multiple electronic warfare systems to defeat sUAS and drone swarms. Two gyro-stabilized optics are available for integration, including the pioneering CM262 4-configuration, 26lb payload and the field-proven CM202U 12lb payload. Both optics are enhanced with smart features, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities for improved situational awareness.

“Our top priority is keeping our customers better protected against the threat, which is why we continually deliver upgrades to the X-MADIS system,” said Lee Dingman, AVT President. “This latest X-MADIS version is the result of three years of development, testing and integration of new and improved features and components. Our Counter UAS team is responsive to our customers’ demands, and we constantly evaluate the future threat to keep our customers ahead of their enemies.”

Integrated using AVT’s latest CUAS Suite software release, the X-MADIS provides seamless command and control of all components and features. Operators can rapidly detect, locate, track, identify, classify and defeat a sUAS or drone swarm using the touchscreen interface.

About the X-MADIS

The X-MADIS is a fully integrated system that combines the most innovative technologies to offer a powerful fixed-site and on-the-move (OTM) counter UAS solution. The system includes AVT’s pioneering CUAS optic, four all-threat air surveillance radars and an electronic warfare system. These components are seamlessly integrated with AVT’s intuitive command and control (C2) software, CUAS Suite, for complete command and control of the entire kill chain. CUAS Suite is a touchscreen interface that ties all the components together into a user-friendly and rapidly-deployable system.

About AVT

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) specializes in gyro-stabilized imaging systems, fully integrated solutions and innovative software for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), air defense and counter drone operations for the defense, aerospace and unmanned systems industries. AVT’s systems are supporting airborne, ground and maritime missions around the world. Founded in 2015 by combat veterans of the U.S. Military, AVT has become a leader in various disciplines, including counter drone technology, aerial firefighting sensors and surveillance systems, and offers custom innovations as well as a range of field proven solutions.

For more information, please visit, www.ascentvision.com

Kleos Space awaits Imminent Launch

  • Kleos’ scouting satellites on site in India, awaiting integration & launch
  • Collaborative agreement with first Nation State concluded
  • Key appointment to spearhead expansion in US and Middle East sales operations
  • Brazilian Government Agency engaged – Kleos data to aid environmental challenges
  • Two further data pre-orders received from South American clients
  • Over100 active opportunities across the entire pipeline

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites will launch aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India. This is a rideshare mission, which includes satellites from other organisations, and has been delayed due to issues outside Kleos’ control.

Kleos shipped the Scouting Mission satellites to the integration and launch site in February. Shipment occurred on schedule, as advised to the market (12 Feb 2020), in preparation for launch activities.

Kleos eagerly awaits announcement of the launch date for PSLV C49 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The launch is currently delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Kleos’ satellites will launch into a 37-degree inclination orbit, covering crucial shipping regions for defence and security customers including the Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea, Australian coast, Southern US coast as well as the East and West African coast.

Kleos’ independent radio frequency intelligence data is highly attractive to government and security organisations, enabling unprecedented detection of illegal maritime activity, irrespective of whether the vessel is using a broadcast transponder system.

When launched, Kleos’ Scouting Mission satellites will form the foundation of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when the Automatic Identification System (AIS) is defeated, imagery unclear or targets out of patrol range.

Collaborative agreement with Nation State

Kleos signed a collaborative agreement with a Nation State (identity protected) to enhance that country’s maritime geospatial intelligence capabilities using Kleos’ Scouting Mission data. The agreement is Kleos’ first Government agreement with a sea-bound nation state experiencing challenges monitoring and policing its coast.

Key Appointment to expand US and Middle East sales operations

Kleos appointed Sean McKay as senior business developer for its US and Middle East operations.

Mr McKay is a retired US Air Force Colonel and a graduated Senior Materiel Leader with more than 22 years’ experience in program management for various Departments of Defence, Foreign Military Sales, and Intelligence Community activities in command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, space, cyber, ground integration, operational systems and operational test.

His experience spans several years in resource management, legislative affairs, as well as an extended deployment to Afghanistan in support of the joint service and coalition build-up of the Afghan National Army.

Mr McKay will engage with a large network of defence specialists in the US Air Force and Saudi Arabia.

Brazilian Government Agency Engaged – Kleos Data to Aid Environmental Challenges

Brazilian Government agency Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis (ANP –www.anp.gov.br) will evaluate Kleos’ data in a three-month trial. The trial will commence at the time a relevant data set is available, after which Kleos and ANP will negotiate a licence for continuation.

Brazil does not have an active high-performance earth observation system to monitor the ocean, and the ANP believes this has played a major factor in preventing the government from identifying causes of pollution. The organisation believes Kleos’ information from radio frequency activity on board ships navigating in Brazilian waters would be useful in helping the Government’s monitoring system to be more efficient.

South America Business Development Progress

The Company has received further pre-orders from defence contractors in Argentina and Uruguay. These companies have shown enthusiasm to take Kleos data and integrate it into their services that they provide to their respective Government customers. Revenues from pre-orders are dependent on completion of successful data trial periods.

Outlook

The directors consider the Company’s outlook to be positive, notwithstanding the delays to launch resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company has more than 100 active opportunities across the entire pipeline which provide a solid base to the Company’s outlook following deployment of the Kleos Scouting Mission satellites.

CAP 1789 – The EU UAS regulation package – April 2020 update

The CAA has published an updated version of CAP 1789 which provides updated guidance based on revised information and policy developments that have been provided since its original publication in June 2019.

It provides a simple explanation of the general intent behind the regulations and also includes a section which aims to answer some of the most common questions and misunderstandings that the CAA has received.

The implementation of the new regulations within the UK has now been postponed until 1 November 2020 at the earliest.

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