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Kleos Data to Target Environmental Challenges in Brazil  

6 March 2020 -

Kleos Space S.A. announces that the Brazilian Government agency Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis – ANP is to evaluate Kleos data at no cost for three months commencing at the time the relevant data set is made available, after which the cost for continuation is subject to final licence negotiation (Pre-Order).

Speaking about the Pre-Order by a Brazilian Government agency, Kleos CEO, Andy Bowyer said, “This is Kleos first entrance into a South American Government agency. Kleos data will be instrumental in the fight against environmental crimes, explicitly demonstrating the case for Kleos data.  Our satellites are now on site in India ready for the final stages of launcher integration, we look forward to working with our global customers very soon on their very real on-going challenges”.

Mr. Enrico Pedroso of the ANP who has 25 years of industry experience & Professor of Applied Remote Sensing at the Geology Faculty of Rio State University UERJ, speaking on the need for ANP to access Geolocated RF Data from Kleos Space:

“What is needed is a variety of earth observation datasets such as optical & SAR imagery, AIS data, meteorological and oceanographic data, etc. operating in an integrated manner which is where the kind of data Kleos will soon be delivering will be very useful to identify potentially illegal shipping activities and pin-point locations which should be investigated with the other earth observation data sets available.  The fact that Brazil does not have an active high-performance earth observation system to monitor the ocean has played a major factor in preventing the government from finding the culprit(s) who cause pollution.”

Mr Pedroso continued, "The ANPs' Superintendence for Operational Security & Environment (SSM), is responsible for the monitoring of the environment in Brazil, especially as far as accidents and pollution are concerned. Recently there was a very serious incident off the North Atlantic coast of Brazil when major quantities of oil where found in the ocean and along the beautiful beaches of North Eastern Brazil most likely spilled by a single polluting ship. During recent weeks and as part of the Brazilian Contingency Planning activities, ANP participated intensely, together with the Brazilian Navy and IBAMA (the Fauna & Flora protection agency of the Ministry of the Environment) in the search for the culprit(s).

The information from radio frequency activity on board ships navigating in Brazilian waters from Kleos Space would have been very useful had it been available at the time of the North-eastern Brazil events because it is very likely that the ship(s) that caused the pollution knew what they were doing and were therefore very careful to avoid scrutiny by switching off their AIS transmitters. Kleos' data would cause the Government’s monitoring system to be much more efficient"



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