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Unseenlabs

Unseenlabs is a French start-up space company developing a satellite constellation for maritime surveillance. The company is leading in radio Frequency signal processing thru their satellites and is providing services to Maritime-, and Shipping companies, Security companies and Governments for environmental protection.

The company is based in Rennes, Brittany, France and is operating the BRO (Breizh Reconnaissance Orbiter) constellation for maritime and aerial traffic surveillance. The first satellite (BRO-1) was launched in 2019 on an Electron rocket, operated by Rocket Lab, from New Zealand.

Launch operator Arianespace successfully orbited BRO-4 on August 17th, 2021 on a Vega launcher from the Kourou launch base in French Guiana. With the launch of BRO-4 UnseenLabs had the most advanced constellation in the field of RF signal interception from space.

On January 13th, 2022 the company launched its fifth satellite, BRO-5, for maritime surveillance. The satellite was launched on a Ride-share program (Transporter-3) with a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX.


Company History

Unseenlabs was established in 2015 by two brothers, Clement Galic (CEO) and Jonathan Galic (CTO), with a lifelong passion for space.

On April 27th 2021 the company raised 20 million euros in a series-B round. The funding will help the company to accelerate the commercial growth as well as further deploy their existing satellite constellation up to a planned 50 LEO’s.

On August 17th, 2021 launch operator Arianespace successfully orbited BRO-4 on a Vega launcher from the Kourou launch base in French Guiana. The mission was booked with Arianespace in to contribute to Europe’s launch sovereignty. With the launch of BRO-4 UnseenLabs had the most advanced constellation in the field of RF signal interception from space.

On December 4th, 2021 the company won a French Defense contract to experiment a new high-speed optical communication system for satellites.

On January 13th, 2022 the company launched its fifth satellite, BRO-5, for maritime surveillance. The satellite was launched on a Ride-share program (Transporter-3) with a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX.

On May 2nd 2022, BRO-6 was launched on Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher from Pad A at Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The ‘There And Back Again’ mission was Rocket Lab’s 26th Electron launch deploying 34 satellites to a sun synchronous orbit for a variety of customers including Alba Orbital, Astrix Astronautics, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, E-Space, Spaceflight Inc, and Unseenlabs. The mission brought the total number of satellites launched by Electron to 146 and was also a recovery mission where, for the first time, Rocket Lab caught Electron’s first stage as it returned from space under parachutes using a helicopter. The successful catch brings Electron one step closer to being the first reusable orbital small sat launcher.

SatelliteMissionLaunch DateLauncherLaunch Operator
BRO-1‘Look-Ma,-No-Hands’Aug 19th, 2019ElectronRocket Lab NZ
BRO-2‘Return-To-Sender’Nov 20th, 2020ElectronRocket Lab NZ
BRO-3‘Return-To-Sender’Nov 20th, 2020ElectronRocket Lab NZ
BRO-4VV19 Aug 17th, 2021VegaArianespace FG
BRO-5Transporter-3Jan 13th, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA
BRO-6‘There-And-Back-Again’May 2nd, 2022ElectronRocket Lab NZ
BRO-7Transporter-4April 1st, 2022Falcon 9SpaceX USA


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Resources

www.unseenlabs.space
www.worldakkam.com
www.navalnews.com  edition August 20th, 2020
www.letelegramme.fr  edition November 14th, 2020
www.tech.eu  edition  April 27th, 2021
www.spacenews.com  edition August 10th, 2021
www.navalnews.com  edition  January 14th, 2022
www.space.skyrocket.de
www.arianespace.com
www.rocketlabusa.com
www.newspace.im
www.ouest-france.fr
www.tech.eu
www.zoominfo.com

Satellite fleet by Unseenlabs

UnseenLabs BRO LEO satellite constellation