|Name||Amber-1 (IOD-3 AMBER)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|NORAD ID||Launch failure|
|Manufacturer||AIVT by AAC Clyde Space|
|Operator||AAC Clyde Space|
|Launch brokerer||Virgin Orbit|
|Partners||Clyde Space, Innovate UK, UK Satellite Applications Catapult|
|Costs||$1,880,000 for four 3U IOD Mission platforms and $265,000 to upgrade this into 6U
Single platform: $735,000
First of a SIGINT constellation to track vessels using an L-band Satphone detection sensor combined with radar detection.
AIS systems can be switched on and off, and are generally disabled when ships carry out illicit activity, such as smuggling, piracy and illegal fishing. Known as IOD-3 AMBER, the new 6U CubeSat will track vessels using an L-band Satphone detection sensor package combined with radar detection, matching the signals against the presence of AIS beacons. first of a planned constellation that will now offer SIGINT services to government agencies via space. Receiving ship geolocation data (to include GPS locations) of maritime vessels via a number of RF emissions.
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