The Geospatial Analytics Company Says Satellites are Working very Well

Hawkeye 360 is a geospatial Analytics Company founded in America in 2015. It specializes in selling radio frequency (RF) signal location data. Their satellite constellation collects this data. They are contracted by the government and commercial agencies to provide solutions through geospatial intelligence. This company has its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.

In an interview with SpaceNews, John Serafini said that their satellites were in commercial service. They are already providing data to their customers. Serafini is the chief executive officer of Hawkeye 360. “It took us about two months to do all the commissioning and testing, but we are very excited to announce that the satellites are working very well,” he said.

The Hawkeye 360 business model is a formation flying model. It has three satellites in the Pathfinder cluster orbiting the earth. These satellites are spaced 100 to 200 kilometers apart. Hawkeye 360 is the first company to fly satellites in this formation using software-defined radios. The radios detect, analyze, and locate radio frequency activity. The satellites are situated about 575km above sea level. The three are named Hawk 1, Hawk 2, and Hawk 3 and are aboard the rideshare mission SSO-A, Smallsat Express.

Going by a press release on February 26, 2020, the company analyzes signals to provide insights for maritime, emergency response, and spectrum analysis applications. Data collected through their technology is used to determine objects, their type, and their location. The data is used by maritime authorities as well, in ship tracking and radar signals. This is under the Automatic Identification System. Other sources located by these satellites are Emergency-Position Indicating Radio-beacons and VHC Channels 16 and 70.

In 2020, Hawkeye 360 has grown into a giant geospatial analytics company. It has gained more than $28 million from investors, including foreign companies .e.g. Sumitomo Corporation, a Japanese investor. Other investors include Airbus Americas, Esri, Raytheon, Shield Capital Partners, and Razor’s Edge Ventures.

Some of the notable solutions Hawkeye 360 has provided are in the maritime sector, security, defense, and telecommunications space. Natural disaster Crisis response has been made easier using the RF signals. They can be used to assess operational health towers and ensure clear communication modes for responders and survivors.

The UTIAS Space Flight Laboratories built hawkeye 360 satellites. They are in the process of building a second cluster of three more satellites. These are set to be launched in late 2020. The success of the recent satellites in pinpointing signals is only the start of a great experience. We hope this will be the first step towards realizing more sophisticated geospatial intelligence.

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