Horizon Technologies’ transformational Xtender (Pat Pending) technology has allowed us to work with our commercial and governmental partners to meet their expanding requirements for detection of RF signals from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) CubeSats. Our technology for UAV SIGINT platforms is finding new applications. Our new spaced-based data product is called AMBER, and together with our TEAM AMBER (consisting of our worldwide technology partners) we are addressing other signals in addition to L-Band Sat Phones. Customers will be provided with varying levels of data depending on their requirements.
In late 2018, Horizon Technologies was awarded a £500K Innovate UK Grant to develop our Amber Ground Exploitation Station (GES) which will process the signals received from our Amber CubeSats. The GES program will also allow us to test our unique Amber Geolocation Technology (Pat Pending) before our first launch. Together with our partners, and with UK Government support, we will be launching our first Amber CubeSats in 2020. These launches will start with our Validation Mission Launch in 3rd QTR 2020. We are already working with a select group of initial governmental and industry customers around the world who will get data from our GES to help refine and improve our Amber product.
Joining Virgin Space, Horizon Technologies has chosen to base our GES in Newquay in Cornwall. The GES will contribute greatly to the local economy in providing jobs and the highest levels of technology to the Cornwall region.
We have invested substantial IRAD funds to develop our initial CubeSat payload solution Amber for the detection of so-called maritime Dark Targets (ships whose AIS has been turned off). Even though these vessels appear to be invisible, they do still emit signals and can be detected. Dark Target detection will have a major impact to address piracy, illegal fishing, and smuggling. Spaced-based signals collection is an emerging market, and Horizon Technologies’ new payloads will allow correlation with AIS (as well as other spaced-based EIO and radar imagery) to vastly increase its potential.
Outside of the maritime environment, many of our current customers are interested in the detection (and tracking) of a variety of military RF emitters. Amber will be addressing this market as our constellation grows in the future.