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BlackSky revs up satellite operations and teams up with HawkEye 360 and NRO

3 Jun 2019, 22:44 UTC
BlackSky revs up satellite operations and teams up with HawkEye 360 and NRO
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An artist’s conception shows BlackSky’s Global satellites in orbit. (BlackSky Illustration)
Seattle-based BlackSky is ramping up commercial operations of its satellite-based geospatial intelligence platform, thanks to newly announced deals with the National Reconnaissance Office and HawkEye 360, a company that has its own radio-sensing satellites in orbit.
Both deals were announced today in conjunction with the GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio.
One agreement opens the way for BlackSky to make use of the signal-detection data provided by Virginia-based HawkEye 360’s formation-flying satellite constellation in its own web-based analytical services. The radio-frequency data will supplement readings in other wavelengths beamed down from BlackSky’s own Global constellation for Earth observation as well as a wide range of other satellites.
“This is a very unique offering that provides key markets such as defense, maritime and emergency response, with a new layer of high-impact geospatial intelligence,” BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole said in a news release. “Being able to access and visualize this data, fuse it with other data sets, and analyze it within one platform is incredibly valuable.”
Chris DeMay, founder and chief technology officer of HawkEye 360, said the combined data set will come in particularly handy to trace activity such as illegal ...

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