Ready for Launch

Hawkeye 360 small sats ready to map radio frequencies and the electronic spectrum


Hawkeye 360 (Booth 500) has tested its analysis gear terrestrially and in small airplanes, but there remains one step to prove their theory about the value of radio frequencies in GEOINT.

“[Launch] can’t come soon enough,” said company co-founder and CTO Chris DeMay of three small satellites sitting in a clean room in Canada, waiting for a ride into low-Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster in August.

Hawkeye’s objectives include geospatial mapping of radio frequencies and the electronic spectrum. The logic is that radio frequencies are valuable in discovering anomalies in the maritime domain, DeMay said. So, too, is the electronic spectrum, which could yield cybersecurity solutions.

Hawkeye 360 also has customers interested in its RF data as a layer among other data in geospatial analysis. The company is looking to build partnerships while it awaits launch of the first three of its planned 30 small satellites.

“We have the responsibility to explain to the world how we are posturing ourselves as a GEOINT source of data,” DeMay said. “We want to help demonstrate that we believe our analytics are ingestible by the GEOINT Community.”

Headline Image: HawkEye 360 plans to geo-locate radio frequencies and map the electronic spectrum using three-satellite clusters in low-Earth orbit. Photo Credit: Hawkeye 360.

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