The U.S. Federal Communications Commission gave HawkEye 360 the approvals it needs to launch and operate 15 additional satellites for radio-frequency mapping from low-Earth orbit.
Pete Muend said the NRO wants to understand the capabilities of a variety of commercial vendors.
The Defense Department is trying to speed up access to innovative commercial technologies through a variety of contracting mechanisms like other transaction authority as well as pilot and pathfinder programs aimed at testing new technologies and system architectures.
HawkEye 360 has selected the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory to build its next generation of satellites to fly in formation and pinpoint the origin of radio-frequency signals.
Mapping technology giant Esri announced partnerships with BAE Systems, Harris Geospatial, HawkEye 360 and Microsoft.
Hawkeye 360, a company flying a constellation of small satellites to map radio frequency signals, announced a partnership May 22 with Windward, a company focused on maritime risks, to offer customers insights on the maritime environment.
HawkEye 360 unveiled RFGeo, its first radio frequency signal mapping product.
Boeing's investment in BridgeSat and Raytheon's strategic investment in Hawkeye 360 continues the trend of major defense contractors placing bets on enabling technology.
Geospatial data companies are focusing intently on acquiring satellite imagery quickly and speeding data delivery to customers.
When Hawkeye 360 solicited proposals in 2016 to build its radio-frequency monitoring satellites, the firm found 25 companies capable of meeting its requirements.