New Quilty analytics report evaluates burgeoning commercial radio frequency mapping sector


Quilty Analytics, the leading boutique firm for research, strategy, and investment banking advisory to the Satellite & Space industry, has issued its latest report – RFM Enters the Limelight – focusing on the Radio Frequency Mapping (RFM) market and the innovative companies seeking to deploy space-based systems that would enable commercial RFM networks.


RFM is a quickly emerging approach to passively detect, geolocate, identify, and exploit terrestrial radio frequency transmissions that are of growing interest to government and business customers. Government users – particularly within the security, defense and intelligence communities – are likely to be main buyers initially. Commercial applications of RFM technology are starting in the maritime domain awareness field and expanding into telecom, insurance, and emergency response, among other sectors.


“Given the pivotal role RF emissions play in nearly all human activities, platforms that couple RFM-based data with other valuable data sources like airborne, optical, SAR, and even social media can provide unique intelligence on patterns of life, supporting both commercial and defense applications,” said Chris Quilty, Partner of Quilty Analytics. “As RFM networks are deployed, with greater numbers of satellites entering service during 2021, market attention on the RFM sector is sure to grow. The Quilty team is excited to issue one of the first in-depth reports on this sector and the startups working to create another multibillion-dollar market for the space industry. We would like to thank the many companies and experts we interviewed across our network whose timely input made this report possible.”


To date, five companies have disclosed plans to build commercial RF mapping networks, each of which is profiled in the report: Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Horizon Technology, Kleos Space and Unseenlabs. Collectively they are expected to launch 50-60 satellites over the next two years.

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