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Rocket Lab to launch satellite with ‘defence’ applications to tackle terrorism from Mahia
A satellite with “security and defence” applications, due to be launched from Mahia, is expected to help security services across the globe intercept secret radio transmissions from terrorists and drug smugglers… NZ Herald
So Rocket Lab, already the recipient of $25million of your tax payer dollars Kiwis, is potentially playing a part in protecting us from the threat of terrorists, sparked off by the inside job controlled demolition nine eleven. Yes it is set to “geolocate maritime radio to guard borders, protect assets and save lives.” …geolocating “VHF transmissions from marine vessels to provide global activity-based intelligence data as a service.” The essential intelligence.
I am certain the 43K+ homeless NZers will be pleased that all of this money will be spent ensuring they will sleep easy in their cars and on park benches.
The NZ Herald is reporting on the latest at the Mahia Rocket Lab on the East Coast of NZ….
“A satellite with “security and defence” applications, due to be launched from Mahia, is expected to help security services across the globe intercept secret radio transmissions from terrorists and drug smugglers.
Orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has signed a contract with Luxembourg-based satellite technology company Kleos Space to launch “scouting mission satellites” that will geolocate maritime radio to “guard borders, protect assets and save lives”.
The Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM) will form the cornerstones of a 20-system constellation that will geolocate VHF transmissions from marine vessels to provide global activity-based intelligence data as a service.
The Kleos Space constellation will detect radio transmissions and pinpoint their origin and timing, enabling governments and organisations to detect activity such as drug and people smuggling, illegal fishing and piracy, and also identify those in need of search and rescue at sea.
Built by GomSpace, the Kleos Space satellites are scheduled to launch on an Electron rocket from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex-1facility in Mahia, in mid-2019.
“Small satellite technology like that of Kleos Space is increasingly playing a vital role in informing decisions on the ground that protect people and the environment,” Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Kleos Space to provide them with the rapid and reliable access to orbit needed to build and replenish small satellite constellations.”
The satellites will be integrated into Rocket Lab’s in-house designed and built Maxwell dispensers and deployed from the Electron kick stage to low Earth orbit.
Rocket Lab’s kick stage, powered by the 3D printed Curie engine, is designed to circularise small satellite orbits and perform complex manoeuvres, including multiple engine burns, to deploy many satellites into different orbits.
This provides unmatched mission flexibility, making it ideal for deploying and replenishing constellations.
Photo: Hawke’s Bay Today