Dutch-Norwegian NOSS variant in the making

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 12:45:33 +0200
News from the Dutch Department of Defense (in Dutch, but Google Translate is
your friend):

https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/04/24/experimenteel-satellietenduo-vormt-noors-nederlandse-observatiepost-in-de-ruimte

The Netherlands and Norway are jointly developing their own NOSS variant, meant
to detect shipping by SIGINT (more exactly, detecting the radar signals of a ship).

The project is called BROS (Binational Radiofrequency Observing Satellites).

It will consist of two satellites, called Huygens and Birkeland, flying in
formation at 15-25 km distance from each other, at an orbital altitude of 600 km.

The bulletin mentions it will be nanosats.

It also says launch is planned for mid-2022 (which seems optimistic to me,
knowing that another experimental Dutch Air Force satellite, Brik-II, has been
awaiting launch for a while now).

The item also says that Norway is responsible for the groundstation part and
instrumentation, while the Netherlands is building the satellites and essential
components of the equipment (like antenna's).

- Marco


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