HawkEye 360 Pathfinder selected for exhibition in new Smithsonian gallery
HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and data analytics, today announced that a model of its Pathfinder satellite has been transferred to the Smithsonian's permanent collection and will be displayed in a future gallery at the National Air and Space Museum. This comes one year after HawkEye 360's Pathfinder satellites were formally commissioned into service to geolocate RF signals.
"It's an incredible honor for the Smithsonian to select our Pathfinder satellites for its collection," said John Serafini, Chief Executive Officer, HawkEye 360. "Small satellites are changing what we can achieve in space, and we're excited to be on the cutting edge of that revolution. We hope that our satellites inspire the next generation of talented minds."
HawkEye 360's cluster of three satellites has successfully geolocated over 11 million RF signals in the past year. This data enables a safer world by supporting many applications, such as finding dark ships that may be engaged in smuggling or illegal fishing.
"The Pathfinder is an excellent representation of how small satellites are transforming the space industry," said James David, curator in the Space History Division at the National Air and Space Museum. "We look forward to displaying this commercial RF signals satellite, a first-of-its-kind, to help tell the story of the space age."
The Pathfinder satellite is scheduled to go on display when the National Air and Space Museum's renovation is completed, slated for 2025. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum, education and research complex. The National Air and Space Museum is one of 19 museums that make up the Smithsonian.
HawkEye 360 is fully funded to deploy an additional five clusters, to reach a total of 18 satellites in orbit by the end of 2021. HawkEye 360 is currently building a second cluster of satellites, set for launch in fall 2020.