Island, Virginia launch boosts revisit rates for global
Va., Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- HawkEye 360
Inc., the world's leading commercial provider of space-based radio
frequency (RF) data and analytics, announced today that its Cluster
6 next-generation satellites have successfully deployed to orbit
aboard the inaugural Rocket Lab Electron flight from Launch Complex
2 at Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport within NASA's
Wallops Flight Facility. Communication with the satellites has been
established by the company's operations team. This is the first of
three dedicated Rocket Lab USA
Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) flights contracted by HawkEye 360.
"We are happy to report that our Cluster 6 next-generation
satellites have reached orbit and we look forward to ramping up
operations in the weeks ahead and fully integrating them into our
constellation," said HawkEye 360 CEO, John
Serafini. "We are grateful for our valued mission partners,
Rocket Lab and the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, who
worked alongside our fantastic HawkEye 360 team to make this
inaugural Virginia launch a success."
"We're immensely proud to have delivered mission success for
HawkEye 360," said Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck. "With Launch Complex 2, we set out
to create a new path to orbit from U.S. soil after more than 30
Electron launches from New
Zealand, and what could be more fitting for the first
Virginia mission than launching a Virginia-built satellite? We
couldn't ask for better mission partners in HawkEye 360 and
Virginia Space, and we look forward
to many more missions together."
"It is an honor for Virginia
Space to partner with HawkEye 360, a Virginia-based company,
and launch such an important payload into orbit from our
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport," said Virginia Commercial Space
Flight Authority CEO and Executive Director Roosevelt "Ted" Mercer,
Jr. "Collaboration across different sectors of the space industry
is key to ensure access to space for our nation. This is a historic
moment for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we look forward to
future launches with HawkEye 360 and Rocket Lab."
The Cluster 6 trio of satellites will be the first in the
HawkEye constellation to enter an inclined orbit, boosting revisit
rates over the mid-latitude regions of the globe. Once Cluster 6
achieves initial operating capability, HawkEye 360 will be able to
collect RF data as frequently as once per hour anywhere on Earth,
enabling the company to offer the most timely and actionable RF
data and data analytics available on the market.
This successful launch expands HawkEye 360's constellation to 18
satellites with expanded and improved data collection in the 15 -18
GHz range, exposing new and meaningful insights for customers.
These second-generation Cluster 6 satellites hold two payloads for
system redundancy and are each equipped to collect VHF, UHF,
X-Band, L-Band, S-Band, X-Band, and GPS Interference signals.
For more information on the HawkEye 360 satellite constellation,
please visit https://www.he360.com/.
About HawkEye 360
HawkEye 360 is delivering a revolutionary source of global
knowledge based on radio frequency (RF) geospatial insights to
those working to make the world a safer place. The company operates
the first-of-its-kind commercial satellite constellation to detect,
characterize, and geolocate a broad range of RF signals. This
unique RF data and analytics equip our global customers with the
high-impact insights needed to confidently make decisions. HawkEye
360 is headquartered in Herndon,
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