HawkEye 360 Successfully Deploys Satellites With the Help of SpaceX — Company Makes Major Leap Forward

By Thomas Price Thursday, January 28, 2021

Commercial space travel has become a serious asset to the modern business world as companies such as SpaceX have made launching technology into space more accessible. This accessibility has allowed more companies to launch revolutionary technology at a faster rate, opening space up to potential new markets. HawkEye 360, a radio frequency data analytics company, has recently deployed a cluster of satellites with the help of SpaceX. The newest deployment by the business is a major step for the commercial space industry as a whole and could have a lasting effect both for HawkEye 360 and for the deployed satellites.

Communications satellite orbiting above Earth.

HawkEye 360’s Technology and Business Model

HawkEye 360 is a data analytics company dealing specifically with radio frequency with the explicit goal of becoming the world’s leader in spectrum-based geoanalytics. This has been largely done through the company’s innovative creation of space-based radio frequency analytics. Outside of space, the company offers a variety of other products for all different business types.

Additionally, the company offers products of almost every type for radio frequency analytics including, RFGeo that provides signal mapping in order to geolocate radio frequency emitters at important points around the world, RFMosaic that serves as a survey tool to visualize signal strength as a heat map across a region, and finally, SEAker for improving maritime awareness through identifying and tracking vessels that may be engaging in suspicious or threatening behavior. This does not even include space-based radio frequency analytics.

HawkEye 360 and SpaceX’s Hawkeye Cluster 2

HawkEye 360 and SpaceX recently launched several formation-flying satellites onboard the Falcon 9 rocket ship. This will be HawkEye 360’s second cluster of satellites developed and successfully deployed into space. The deployment is a major step for the business, which has already established communications with the operations center. Next, the satellites will need to undergo testing and enter their final form in order to be ready for business.

The Cluster 2 satellites are a marked improvement from the original bunch, with the company’s newest satellites having strong data processing capabilities and more accurate geolocations.

The business plans to launch five additional clusters totaling 15 different satellites over the next 18 months in order to establish a constellation. Once this final constellation is complete, the company will be able to operate with a global revisit rate of less than an hour for all time-sensitive monitoring in ongoing situations.

When commenting on the recent launch and future business plans, CEO of HawkEye 360 John Serafini said, “The expansion of our pioneering constellation is the first of several strong steps we have planned to multiply our existing capabilities and explore new possibilities for RF geospatial intelligence. We are proud to be the leading provider of RF insights to US government, international government, commercial and humanitarian interests, and we believe our newest deployment, which increases the frequency, quality and quantity of insights we are able to deliver, will be an invaluable resource for our customers.”

About the Author

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Tom Price is a writer focusing on Entertainment and Sports Features. He has a degree from NYU in English with a minor in Creative Writing. He has been previously published for Washington Square News, Dignitas, CBR, and Numbers on the Boards.

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