Satellite footprints

Kinéis ARGOS LEO satellite constellation

Launch operators:Arianespace
 Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
 Lockheed Martin
Launch vehicles:Delta II
Launch date:
Expected lifetime:15

The ARGOS LEO satellite constellation collects, processes and disseminates environmental data from worldwide fixed and mobile platforms. The system’s main feature is the ability to geographically locate the data source from any location on Earth using the Doppler effect.

The ARGOS LEO satellite constellation is currently operated by private space start-up company Kinéis from France. The company is operating seven satellites from the ARGOS satellite system, operating more the 22.000 devices running application like animal tracking, ocean safety and many scientific programs.

Kinéis, headquartered in Ramonville Saint-Agne, south of Toulouse in France, has plans to launch an additional seventeen Nano-satellites into the constellation by 2022.

ARGOS was developed under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES, France), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, USA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, USA). In 2019 CNES and subsidiary CLS, a leading provider of Earth observation and monitoring solutions, created Kinéis to open up ARGOS technology and expand the IoT market.

Satellite Mission Launch Date Launcher Launch Operator
NOAA-15 (NOAA-K)   May 13th, 1998 Titan 23G Lockheed Martin USA
NOAA-18 (NOAA-N)   May 20th, 2005 Delta II   7320 Boeing USA
NOAA-19 (NOAA-N Prime)   Feb 6th, 2006 Delta II   7320 ULA USA
METOP-B ST25 Nov 17th, 2012 Soyuz ST Arianespace FG
SARAL PSLV-C20 Feb 13th, 2013 PSLV ISRO India
METOP-C VS19 Nov 7th, 2017 Soyuz ST Arianespace FG
ANGELS VS23 Dec 18th, 2019 Soyuz ST Arianespace FG

Kinéis ARGOS LEO satellite constellation

Arianespace Soyuz launching METOP-B satellite
Kinéis Nano-satellite
Kineis NOAA-N Decal
Kinéis satellite constellation
NOAA-18 or 19 in orbit
NOAA-N prime first Image
SARAL satellite on PSLV rocket from ISRO
The ARGOS Worlwide tracking and environmental monitoring system
Titan 23G rocket launch