Spaceflight Inc. Signs Multi-Launch Agreement with HawkEye 360

HawkEye satellites (Credit: HawkEye 360)

New multi-year MLSA provides launch capacity for nine microsats, end-to-end mission management services, and schedule reliability for fast-growing radio signal mapping constellation

SEATTLE, October 7, 2020 (Spaceflight Inc. PR) —Spaceflight Inc., the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it signed a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLSA) with HawkEye 360. Under the agreement, Spaceflight will provide capacity, engineering, and mission management services to launch HawkEye 360’s Cluster 4, 5, and 6 of its radio frequency mapping satellites. Each cluster in the constellation consists of three approximately 30 kg microsats which fly in a unique formation to gather a wide variety of geolocation data.

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HawkEye 360 Completes Milestone in Preparation to Launch Second Cluster

Satellite cluster (Credit: HawkEye 360)

Successful testing of new satellites paves the way for faster, more robust data collection and intelligence

HERNDON, Va., July 16, 2020 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, today announced it has successfully completed environmental testing of its second cluster of three satellites.

This significant milestone for HawkEye Cluster 2 clears the way to prepare for launch, which is scheduled for late 2020. HawkEye Cluster 2 will join the company’s first cluster of satellites that were launched in December 2018, doubling the size of HawkEye 360’s constellation.

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Spaceflight Inc. Unveils Next-Gen Orbital Transfer Vehicle to Fly Aboard Next SpaceX Rideshare Mission

Sherpa-FX transfer vehicle (Credit: Spaceflight)

SEATTLE, July 15, 2020 (Spaceflight PR) — Spaceflight Inc., the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, announced today that it will be flying its next generation orbital transfer vehicle, Sherpa-FX, on a fully dedicated rideshare mission with SpaceX. The mission, called SXRS-3 by Spaceflight, is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 no earlier than December 2020. Spaceflight has contracted 16 spacecraft for this mission from organizations including iQPS, Loft Orbital, HawkEye 360, NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program, Astrocast, and the University of South Florida Institute of Applied Engineering.

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HawkEye 360, Airbus Form Strategic Partnership

Herndon, Va., January 20, 2020 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Airbus, a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry. Through the partnership, Airbus and HawkEye 360 will deliver high-impact geospatial intelligence solutions not currently available. Both companies can leverage the platforms and services of the other partner to address client mission needs.

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HawkEye 360 Awards Satellite Constellation Contract to UTIAS SFL

Herndon, Virginia, September 18, 2019 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) analytics, today announced it has awarded the manufacturing contract for its next generation of satellites.

Enabled by the company’s $70 million Series B financing in August, this contract will substantially boost on-orbit capacity to serve the company’s rapidly growing customer base. The contract will expand the constellation to 18 satellites, achieving routine revisits of less than an hour for increased global persistence.

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HawkEye 360 Secures $70 Million in Series B Financing to Deploy Constellation

HERNDON, Va., August 6, 2019 (HawkEye 360 PR) – ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytic products, today announced that it has secured $70 million in Series B financing.

This financing capitalizes the company’s business plan to include buildout and launch of the HawkEye 360 commercial satellite constellation and development of the company’s line of RF analytic products by 2021.

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BlackSky Begins Commercial Operations, Signs Agreement with HawkEye 360 to Include Radio Frequency Data in Geospatial Platform

Final integration of BlackSky Pathfinder spacecraft. (Credit: BlackSky Global)

SAN ANTONIO,  June 3, 2019 (BlackSky PR) – Today at the USGIF-sponsored GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio, BlackSky, a leading provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, announced it has signed an agreement with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation-flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics.

As part of the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide API access to selected RF data for customers interested in global spectrum monitoring. BlackSky intends to integrate data from HawkEye 360’s RF satellites into the BlackSky geospatial platform and resell it to its customers as part of its analytical services.

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HawkEye 360 Appoints Alex Fox as Executive VP of Business Development, Sales and Marketing

Alex Fox,

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 7, 2019 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics, today announced that Alex Fox has joined the company as executive vice president of business development, sales and marketing. Fox brings more than 20 years of executive leadership in engineering, operations and business development, with a focus on innovative space technology.

“Alex has devoted his career to breaking new ground in how people benefit from emerging technology,” said HawkEye 360 Chief Executive Officer John Serafini. “With his impressive track record anticipating customer needs and his keen understanding of space capabilities, he will build and lead a global sales and marketing team that introduces our RF analytics solution to a wide range of customers.”

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HawkEye 360 Raises an Additional $5.3 Million, Completing Series A-3 Financing Totaling $14.9 Million

HawkEye 360 Inc. has raised an additional $5.3 million in funding in a second closing, which when combined with the $9.6 million first closing, completes the company’s Series A-3 round of financing for a total of $14.9 million. Led by Raytheon Company, the Series A-3 round included participation from the Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Razor’s Edge Ventures, Shield Capital Partners, Space Angels, and Allied Minds.

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HawkEye 360 Raises $9.6 million in Series A-3 Financing Round

Boston, Mass.- August 13, 2018 (HawkEye 360 PR) — Allied Minds portfolio company, HawkEye 360, has announced it has raised proceeds of $9.6 million in the first closing of a Series A-3 financing round (“the transaction”). The round included Razor’s Edge Ventures, a U.S Aerospace and Defense Company and Allied Minds, as well as Shield Capital. Additional investors are expected to subscribe further capital to a second closing of the transaction to be concluded in due course.

Proceeds from the transaction will be applied to fund the development, build and launch costs of the company’s first commercial satellite cluster and for general commercial purposes.

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HawkEye 360 Raises $11 Million in Series A Financing

hawkeye360_logoFinancing round led by Razor’s Edge Ventures and includes investment from Allied Minds and a defence market leader; John Serafini appointed as full-time Chief Executive Officer

BOSTON (HawkEye 360 PR)  — Allied Minds (LSE: ALM), a diversified holding company focused on venture creation within the life science and technology sectors, today announces that its subsidiary, HawkEye 360, Inc. (HawkEye 360 or the company), a developer of a space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping and analytics system, has raised $11.0 million in new equity investments in a Series A preferred financing led by Razor’s Edge Ventures, with additional participation by Allied Minds and a defence market leader. HawkEye 360 also intends to issue up to an additional $2.75 million in Series A preferred shares to new and existing shareholders within 60 days, resulting in a total expected financing of up to $13.75 million.

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Smallsat 2016: Updates on Planetary Resources, HawkEye 360

Ceres constellation (Credit: Planetary Resources)
Ceres constellation (Credit: Planetary Resources)

Planetary Resources and Hawkeye 360 gave updates on the remote sensing satellites they are planning to launch. The summaries below are courtesy of the following Tweeters:

  • Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust
  • David Hurst ‏@OrbitalDave
  • brianweeden ‏@brianweeden
  • Eric Anderson ‏@AndOneTech

Planetary Resources
Hannah Goldberg

  • Currently testing midwave infrared (IR) instrument using a Cessna aircraft
  • Two Arkyd-6 CubeSats will test IR instruments in space
  • First Arkyd-6 satellite to launch in Fall 2016, second in early 2017
  • Constellation of 10 larger Ceres spacecraft designed for Earth remote sensing
  • Hope to have Ceres constellation by 2018

HawkEye 360
Daniel CaJacob

  • Pathfinder constellation with 3 microsats flying in formation designed to triangulate radio frequency (RF) emissions from the ground
  • Launch of first 3 microsats planned for fourth quarter 2017
  • Deep Space Industries is prime contractor for satellites
  • University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory is supplying the satellite bus
  • Satellites are pathfinders for a full commercial constellation of RF mapping and analytics system
  • Technology uses: ionospheric study, spectrum mapping, asset and natural resources monitoring, emergency response











Entrepreneurial Lingo Lesson: The Pivot

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First in an irregular series on entrepreneurial buzz words

Come on let’s pivot again,
Like we did last quarter!
Yeaaah, let’s pivot again,
Like we did last year!

Do you remember when,
ROI was really hummin’,
Yeaaaah, let’s pivot again,
Pivotin’ time is here!

Heeee, and round and round til IPO we go!
Oh, baby, make those investors love us so!

Let’s pivot again,
Like we did last quarter!
Yeaaah, let’s pivot again,
Like we did last year!

There comes a time in the existence of many startups when there an urgent need to change direction. You set up the company to pursue a goal, but for one reason or several — a lack of a market, shortage of investment, regulatory hurdles, a flawed concept — you have to direct all that talent, technology and enthusiasm toward a new objective that will keep the company in operation.

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