The patent pertains to a system for using a single LEO cubesat to determine geolocations of Earth-based, Radio Frequency (RF) emitters. A corresponding patent was also recently issued by the European Patent Office (EPO).
The patented invention is part of Horizon Technologies’ growing patent portfolio relating to its Amber technology, which enables more accurate, and efficient, geolocation without necessitating clusters of cubesats.
Amber data will be used worldwide for protecting the world’s oceans via “dark target detection.” Amber data, when available later this year, will help companies and governments combat such problems as illegal fishing, pollution, transshipment, piracy, GNSS spoofing, and smuggling. Horizon Technologies is developing a portfolio of patents and patent applications to protect our key product technologies and thus increase shareholder value.
“We are pleased that the US Patent Office has yet again recognized Horizon Technologies’ unique technology by granting this patent concerning the Amber system,” said John Beckner, CEO of Horizon Technologies. “Today’s real-world events clearly show the need for innovation in space-based, multi-domain ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance). This patented invention is especially important for our government and commercial customers addressing their maritime domain awareness requirements. Due to our unique technology, Horizon Technologies will not provide ‘RF Mapping on command,’ but rather a unique commercial RF intelligence data collected 24/7 and provided to our end-users.”
Horizon Technologies offers innovative SIGINT and Space-Based, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) intelligence solutions. The company is a world leader in airborne Sat Phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. Horizon Technologies is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish and BlackFish SIGINT systems which are in operation on numerous platforms worldwide and the firm participate daily in ISR and SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in Europe as well as being heavily involved in international operations around the globe. Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the UK Government’s Amber program. The Amber Program will consist of Amber CubeSats in multiple orbital planes providing global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data to the UK JMSC (led by Royal Navy).