The space logistics and orbital transportation company signed a contract with US launch provider Spaceflight Inc. to deliver the Kleos Patrol Mission (KSF2) satellites into orbit aboard the next ION Satellite Carrier mission, scheduled for April 2022.
FINO MORNASCO, Italy, March 1, 2022 (D-Orbit PR) — D-Orbit, the space logistics and orbital transportation company, announced today the signing of a launch contract with US launch provider Spaceflight Inc. to remanifest the four satellites of Kleos Space S.A. (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1, Kleos), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, to be launched and deployed on the next mission of D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier, on the SpaceX Transporter-4 mission. The mission will feature D-Orbit’s ION Satellite Carrier, the Company’s flexible and cost-effective satellite platform able to precisely deploy satellites in orbit and facilitate the testing of new technologies in space.
Originally scheduled to ride aboard Spaceflight’s orbital transportation vehicle (OTV) on the SpaceX Transporter-3 mission in January 2022, Kleos’ Patrol Mission (KSF2) launch was rescheduled after the vehicle had to disembark from Falcon 9. D-Orbit partnered with Spaceflight to accommodate a few of Spaceflight’s customers on ION and, as a result, Kleos’ satellites were remanifested on the upcoming April 2022 launch.
“The Patrol Mission applications are a perfect example of how satellites can positively impact and enhance life on Earth,” said Renato Panesi, D-Orbit’s CCO. “We are happy to have Kleos onboard our next mission and proud of the responsiveness with which our team has managed this change in ION’s configuration working closely with Spaceflight”.
Launching into a sun synchronous orbit, the Patrol Mission satellites will join the eight satellites already in orbit locating radio transmissions in key areas of interest around the globe, efficiently uncovering data points to expose illegal activity on land and sea. The twelve satellites’ constellation will detect and geolocate radio frequency transmissions to within 300m, improving the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of governments and commercial entities.
“We are committed to getting our customers payloads exactly where they need to be, when they need to be there,” said Tony Frego, VP of mission management at Spaceflight Inc. “When Kleos’ original launch was delayed, we partnered with D-Orbit to quickly re-manifest the satellites. Our work with D-Orbit on this mission is a great example of industry collaboration to ensure satellites get to orbit in a timely manner.”
D-Orbit’s team has been working in close collaboration with Kleos and Spaceflight Inc. to perform all operations necessary to adapt and integrate the satellites aboard D-Orbit’s satellite platform. Kleos’ CEO Andy Bowyer commented: “The entire Kleos team welcomes this quick turnaround and great collaboration to launch and deploy the Patrol Mission satellites in April 2022. These four additional satellites will increase our data collection and ISR capabilities even further.”
D-Orbit launched its first ION in September 2020 aboard an Arianespace VEGA launcher, followed by three further missions flown in January 2021, June 2021, and January 2022, aboard SpaceX’s Transporter-1, Transporter-2, and Transporter-3 missions respectively. The next launch is scheduled for April 2022, as part of ION’s SPACELUST mission.
About D-Orbit and Its Proposed Business Combination With Breeze Holdings
D-Orbit is a market leader in the space logistics and transportation services industry with a track record of space-proven technologies and successful missions.
Founded in 2011, before the dawn of the New Space market, D-Orbit is the first company addressing the logistics needs of the space market. ION Satellite Carrier, for example, is a space vehicle that can transport satellites in orbit and release them individually into distinct orbital slots, reducing the time from launch to operations by up to 85% and the launch costs of an entire satellite constellation by up to 40%. ION can also accommodate multiple third-party payloads like innovative technologies developed by startups, experiments from research entities, and instruments from traditional space companies requiring a test in orbit.
D-Orbit is a space infrastructure pioneer with offices in Italy, Portugal, the UK, and the US; its commitment to pursuing business models that are profitable, friendly for the environment, and socially beneficial, led to D-Orbit becoming the first certified B-Corp space company in the world.
As previously announced on January 27, 2022, D-Orbit has entered into a business combination agreement among Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp. (“Breeze Holdings”) (NASDAQ: BREZ), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, D-Orbit and a newly formed joint stock company (société anonyme) governed by the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (“Holdco”) pursuant to which Holdco will become the publicly traded parent company of Breeze Holdings and D-Orbit upon the closing of the transactions. The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including certain governmental approvals and the approval of the shareholders of Breeze Holdings and the contribution of the D-Orbit shares by the D-Orbit shareholders.
About Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp.
Breeze Holdings is a blank check company organized for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, recapitalization, reorganization, or other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities.