Satellite surveillance for shipping

by Martyn Wingrove

A new surveillance satellite mission will be launched this year after a significant rise in threat levels to shipping in equatorial regions

Kleos has changed the Scouting Mission satellites’ orbit from a sun synchronous (SSO) route to a 37° inclination orbit to counter risks to shipping.

Kleos satellites use radio frequency (RF) for maritime reconnaissance, which enables them to identify and track ships that have turned off their automatic identification system (AIS) equipment used for vessel tracking.

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