Dhruva Space and Kinéis to jointly operate satellite

(Wednesday 18 July 2023) [HYDERABAD, TS, INDIA] Continuing the aim of forging closer ties between New Space players, Dhruva Space and French firm Kinéis have confirmed their intention to pursue technological and commercial cooperation in space, in line with the MoA signed in March earlier this year, with the launch of a satellite that they will operate jointly.

French-Indian space cooperation in the satellite IoT domain between CNES and Indian Space Research Organisation first got underway in 2007, with the construction of the French-Indian SARAL-AltiKa oceanography satellite carrying CNES’s Argos instrument, launched in 2013. Kinéis is also the operator of the Argos instrument on the joint Oceansat-3/Argos mission orbited in 2022.

Today, Kinéis and Dhruva Space are teaming up on a joint technological and commercial space project to enhance Kinéis’ global IoT connectivity. This partnership with extend deployment of solutions worldwide, and notably in India, for such crucial applications as smart agriculture and fishing, wildfire prevention, humanitarian convoy and wildlife tracking, monitoring of energy networks and infrastructures, transport tracking and logistics.

Commenting on the discussions, CNES Chairman & CEO Philippe Baptiste said: “Cooperation between CNES and ISRO is among the most longstanding and successful there is, not only for France and India, but in the entire history of astronautics. Next year we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of this fraternal partnership that has grown out of the first French-Indian space accord. With the major decisions announced today, this partnership is set to enter a whole new dimension as we seek to explore together some of the most promising fields in a fast-changing global space landscape. We are thus adding a competitive dimension to our existing friendship in space.”

Link to official press release from CNES.

About Kinéis

Created in 2018, Kinéis is a satellite operator and global connectivity provider. It inherited 40 years of expertise in the Argos system, founded by CNES (French Space Agency) and historically operated by CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites).

Its mission is to develop reliable technology that provides easy access to useful satellite data. To make life easier for professionals and individuals and encourage them to use its products and services, Kinéis locates and connects objects wherever they are on the planet. This way, the company deploys all its technological innovation capabilities to bring together New Space and IoT.

In 2020, Kinéis raised €100 million from French private and public investors. In 2021, Kinéis generated a turnover of €8.4 million (+20% compared to 2020). In 2022, Kinéis expanded to the USA and joined the French Tech Next40 program for the second year in a row.

About Dhruva Space

Dhruva Space, founded in 2012, is a National Award-winning, full-stack space engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India. The company is active across Space, Launch, and Ground segments, and supports civilian and defence clients worldwide.

Dhruva Space offers satellite/s coupled with Earth station/s and launch services as an integrated solution or individually as technology solutions to power space-based applications on Earth and beyond.

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Divya Kala Bhavani

Anne-Cécile Thibault, Kinéis