GomSpace Reports Their Success with the UnseenLabs BRO-1 Smallsat

GomSpace has successfully delivered and commissioned the satellite bus for UnseenLabs BRO-1, launched from New Zealand by Rocket Lab on August 19, 2019.

The launch and early operations phase was successfully completed in only a few days, and the spacecraft is ready to commence operation for UnseenLabs.

BRO-1 is a 6U cubesat designed to supply spectrum monitoring services from LEO, featuring unique hardware and software. The successful commission allows UnseenLab to take the operation to the next level and begin their adventure of maritime surveillance service based on electromagnetic intelligence.

Artistic rendition of UnseenLab’s BRO-1 smallsat.

Under the Authorization To Proceed, signed at the Paris Airshow earlier this year, the parties continue to detail the design and specification of the second-generation 6U platform and expect an agreement to be finalized within the fall of 2019.

GomSpace and UnseenLabs SAS continue to develop and deliver the second-generation 6U constellation platform. A phase of detailed design has been kicked off with the purpose of enhancing the capabilities and adding even more features — providing an even more disruptive spectrum monitoring service from space.

Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace, said it is a pleasure to witness yet another successful launch and commission and the company is honored to help UnseenLabs achieve their goals in space. With BRO-1, GomSpace has proven that the company’s platform forms a solid and very capable foundation for accommodating partners’ payloads. It further demonstrates the firm’s ability to deliver high maturity of both our hardware and software products.

Jonathan Galic, CEO and Co-Founder of UnseenLabs, added the company is very pleased with the technical capabilities and the agility of the solutions GomSpace can provide. The development of BRO-1 has convinced UnseenLabs that they are the correct choice for the company’s continued roadmap. Their ability to deliver a standardized platform, successfully hosting the firm’s payloads, and mission concepts in space is a major source of confidence.

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