The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite constellations if the technology proves it can fulfill military requirements and the price is right.
Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept. 18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Airbus Defense and Space's Intelligence business announced a strategic partnership Sept. 12 with Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics firm founded in 2013 in Palo Alto, California, to build a suite of geospatial analytics services and tools.
Geospatial data analytics firms could expand their commercial markets with custom-built satellite sensors or the ability to direct existing sensors toward targets of interest.