A British company that equips spy planes and drones to track satellite telephones has raised capital to launch a handful of tiny surveillance spacecraft to listen for signals from ships operating clandestinely.

Horizon Space Technologies, a recently established subsidiary of Berkshire, England-based Horizon Technologies, is prime contractor for the U.K. government’s cubesat signals intelligence program called IOD-3 Amber.

The British government aims to use Horizon’s data to counter activities ranging from illegal fishing to human trafficking across its coastal waters.

The company recently split into two business segments, hardware-based Horizon Aerospace Technologies and data-based Horizon Space Technologies, after FlyingFish helped it report more than 4.5 million British pounds ($6.4 million) in sales for 2020.

Read more/Source: SpaceNews

by Jason Rainbow