Unseenlabs is preparing the launch of their latest satellite, BRO-8, which will be the eighth satellite in the firm’s constellation.
BRO-8 will be launched in January of 2023 by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of that company’s Transporter-6 Mission. Since the launch of its first satellite in 2019, Unseenlabs has been able to collect tens of thousands of electromagnetic signatures, helping maritime stakeholders track any ship — including dark vessels — anywhere in the world.
This new satellite will add to the company’s constellation as well as increase the volume and quality of the services the firm can provide to an extensive customer base in France, Europe and across the globe.
Unseenlabs’ satellites are designed to provide customers with data and analytics based on the interception of radio frequency (RF) signals (detection of electromagnetic waves emitted by electronic devices from Earth’s surface), at any time of the day or night, regardless of weather conditions. Vessels at sea carry many signal-emitting communication and navigation devices.
The technology used by Unseenlabs’ constellation characterizes all these emitters by geolocating them within a specific time frame, and identifying each ship at sea with a unique signature — or fingerprint — that can be used to track it. This capacity is paramount for governmental and business-related applications, and is used for the surveillance of areas such as the Baltic Sea (gas pipeline surveillance), the Gulf of Guinea (piracy, trafficking, offshore platforms) and the Arabian Sea (IUU fishing).
With its latest launches, Unseenlabs is steadily pursuing its constellation development strategy. Six more satellites are due to be launched in 2023. Unseenlabs will continue developing its constellation, to enable data collection above an area of interest several times a day for governmental and business-related applications.
The company, which doubled its workforce in 2022 across all departments (sales, engineering, support, etc.) employs about 50 people and plans to continue recruiting in 2023.
“The Unseenlabs team has launched eight satellites dedicated to space-based RF detection in just three years,” said Clément Galic, CEO & cofounder of Unseenlabs.
“More than ever, maritime stakeholders are in need of radio frequency data to optimize their surveillance, protection and intervention systems. This new satellite will give us increased capacity to support our partners, and our growth in current and emerging markets,” said Jonathan Galic, CTO & co-founder of Unseenlabs.