Radar satellite operator Iceye and Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) announced plans June 6 to work together to speed up delivery of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, allowing government customers to obtain processed data in as little as 15 minutes.
The NRO is ready to start buying products from new vendors and move beyond the single-supplier arrangement with Maxar Technologies.
Ursa will resell Iceye data products and the two companies will jointly develop new analytic services with data drawn from Iceye's synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites.
Lockheed senior fellow Mark Pritt: “Today there’s still a lot of manual labor involved in identifying what you’re seeing in those images."
Mapping technology giant Esri announced partnerships with BAE Systems, Harris Geospatial, HawkEye 360 and Microsoft.
"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.
Luxembourg-based Kleos Space is preparing to launch its first satellites in August to detect radio transmissions and pinpoint their origin.
NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp said the agency needs to change its business practices.
“When Sequoia data come out, I want to wow people,” said Capella CEO Payam Banazadeh. “I want them to say, ‘I can’t believe that image came from a small satellite.’”
The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were consolidated under the Maxar brand.