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BlackSky shares time-lapse satellite views

11 Apr 2019, 00:51 UTC
BlackSky shares time-lapse satellite views
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BlackSky’s Earth-imaging satellites provided this view of Melbourne’s waterfront and central business district. Ships can be seen plying the waters of the Yarra River. (BlackSky Photo)
Seattle-based BlackSky says the first two Earth-imaging satellites in its Global constellation are up and running, with the ability to capture 1-meter-resolution views of the same spot on the planet on a frequent basis.
The company provided a demonstration of the high-revisit capability this week at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs — and said it expected to make imagery from the Global constellation commercially available this spring.
BlackSky’s target for the demonstration was Melbourne, Australia. A sequence of three satellite images shows the waterfront and central business district at different times during the last week of March. One image shows relatively little activity along the Yarra River, but another image reveals several ships in transit.
“These images from Global-1 and Global-2, our first-generation spacecraft, validate our ability to task, capture, and process high-quality images,” Nick Merski, vice president of space operations at BlackSky, said in a news release. “The response from many of our early customers has been extremely positive, and we’re excited to share these images with a wider audience.”

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