BlackSky's Gen-3 satellites will provide imagery with 50-centimeter resolution
BlackSky booked its satellites on a SpaceX rideshare launch because it was convenient and affordable, said BlackSky Chief Technology Officer Scott Herman. But the mission unwittingly became a demonstration of the type of nimble space services that the U.S. government is looking for.
The Air Force will use BlackSky's monitoring service to track the spread of COVID-19 and secure its supply chain.
A report from Quilty Analytics projects Maxar will retain the bulk of future NRO imagery contracts and emerging competitors Planet and BlackSky will gradually gain market share.
Spaceflight Industries has completed the sale of its satellite rideshare business, Spaceflight Inc., to a pair of Japanese companies following a U.S. regulatory review and the modification of an Intelsat loan.
Intelsat is asking its bankruptcy court for authorization to modify a $50 million loan to Spaceflight Industries’ Earth-observation business BlackSky that could become a snag in Spaceflight’s sale of its launch rideshare business.
Satellite images and other data can be analyzed to forecast potential spreads of the disease and move resources to help combat it.
The coronavirus pandemic has fueled demand for telework tools and has increased organizations’ appetite for up to the minute intelligence
Spaceflight Industries’ decision to sell its rideshare launch services company, Spaceflight, to two Japanese firms will benefit both Spaceflight and its parent company, executives of the two companies say.
Spaceflight Industries announced Feb. 11 it will sell its smallsat rideshare launch business to a pair of Japanese companies, allowing it to focus on its BlackSky geospatial business.
The senior secured loan will finance BlackSky’s infrastructure and product development.
The NRO is ready to start buying products from new vendors and move beyond the single-supplier arrangement with Maxar Technologies.
"We expect our investment in commercial in total to increase going forward," said Troy Meink, who leads NRO’s Geospatial Intelligence Directorate. "As you can imagine with the increase in requirements, there's going to be an increase in the cost.