The commercial agreement will see Kleos supply IMSL with Scouting Mission data for integration with related analytics to government and industry customers around the world.
Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space, said, "The agreement with IMSL follows in the footsteps of the formation of Kleos Space’s UK subsidiary. To access the £4.6 billion Ministry of Defence-planned spend in intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) programs to 2026, we need to work with trusted intelligence partners."
Through its offices in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and the US, IMSL will integrate Kleos Scouting Mission Data and offer analytical services globally post launch. Intelligence domain and data analytics expertise will allow IMSL to deliver significant enterprise capability enhancement from Kleos to customers.
Further to this, through a detailed understanding of the user’s tasking, IMSL will develop a clear vision of the requirements and efficiently assist the client to fulfil their operational ambitions, maximising the utility of Kleos data.
"IMSL is one of the world’s leading defence industry service companies, assisting many private organisations and governments with their anti-terrorism and crime monitoring activities," Bowyer explained.
Under the non-exclusive agreement, Kleos data scientists will provide support to IMSL for the development of solutions for end-user applications.
Andy Green, managing director of IMSL, said, "We are very excited and look forward to being part of this innovative venture. IMSL’s history of development, in-depth interpretation and utilisation of data for customers internationally, fits well into the Kleos model and will offer an immediate product to clients."
The multi-satellite system of the Kleos Scouting Mission will form the cornerstone of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity that enhances the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when AIS (automatic identification system) is defeated, imagery unclear and targets out of patrol range.
Built by GomSpace, the Kleos Space satellites are on track to be launched on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from New Zealand in the second quarter of 2019. The agreement will allow Kleos Space to access the global intelligence market without delay following the successful collection of data from its satellites in space.
Kleos Space is a space enabled, activity-based intelligence, data as a service company based in Luxembourg. Kleos Space aims to guard borders, protect assets and save lives by delivering global activity-based intelligence and geo-location as a service.
The first Kleos Space satellite system, known as Kleos Scouting Mission, will deliver commercially available data and perform as a technology demonstration. KSM will be the keystone for a later global high capacity constellation. The Scouting Mission will deliver targeted daily services with the full constellation delivering near-real time global observation.