Maxar Technologies plans to launch its first two WorldView Legion satellites as early as September 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The National Reconnaissance Office awarded a commercial imagery subscription contract to Planet Labs Federal, a subsidiary of Earth observation company Planet.
NRO aims to move fast by relying on commercial products, expanding internal research and development
“Commercial space will be fully leveraged in satisfying user needs and fully considered in the development of every future space system,” said NRO Director Betty Sapp. “Just as we do in other areas, we want to design only what we must and buy everything that we can.”