The NGA and NRO are stepping up research to better understand the emerging commercial geospatial intelligence market.
A Falcon 9 carrying the NROL-108 mission lifted off at Dec. 19 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern from Space Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center.
Hawkeye 360 is delivering radio frequency data and analytics to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as part of a pilot program to evaluate the value of the information for intelligence activities.
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket on Dec. 10 at 8:09 p.m. Eastern launched NROL-44 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
A National Reconnaissance Office satellite flew to orbit Nov. 13 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.
Planet and BlackSky imagery will be added to NGA's unclassified system that delivers geospatial data to government agencies.
A new “national initiative” wants to promote the development of satellite servicing and in-space assembly technologies among U.S. government agencies that have differing views on the value of such capabilities.
ULA statement: “Initial indications were with a ground system, and we are working to confirm the exact cause."
The hot fire abort of NROL-44 happened three seconds before the Delta 4 Heavy was to lift off.
NROL-44 is the first of the final five missions to be flown by Delta 4 Heavy between now and 2024
Scolese said the NRO "will be able to do more with smaller satellites.”
This was the NRO’s 54th launch since 1996 and its first launch on a Minotaur 4.
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.
By the end of the year, the National Reconnaissance Office plans to issue “multiple operational commercial imagery contracts to support defense, security and many other U.S. government missions,” said Pete Muend, director of NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office.
Small satellites and responsive launch are areas of particular interest to the NRO.