Our Mission

BlackSky Global’s mission is to deploy and operate the infrastructure to enable constant global awareness while democratizing access to satellite imaging data. We envision an open, intelligent future where enhanced global observation leads to positive change and decision-making and a better understanding of the world in which we live.

Our Business Model

BlackSky Global was created to provide “satellite imaging as a service” to those companies, organizations and governments who cannot, or do not want to, capitalize their own imaging constellation. BlackSky Global uses a “pay for picture” business model and can regularly image single sites, rapidly image a large area, and provide video at 1 frame per second. BlackSky Global’s pricing, revisit rate and user experience is designed to enable a whole new suite of businesses, as well as help existing ones.

Industries

BlackSky supports a variety of applications across multiple industries such as agriculture, forestry, civil government, non-governmental organizations, defense, finance, engineering, energy and others. Governments, organizations and even individual citizens can leverage our imagery to monitor the environment, trends and the global economy which totals around $78 trillion annually per the IMF. By offering more flexibility and capacity in the commercial satellite imagery market, BlackSky’s Imagery as a Service also has applications for protecting national security and commercial competitiveness.

Our Service

BlackSky Global provides color imagery at a resolution of 1 meter ground sample distance (GSD) at nadir. BlackSky Global’s spacecraft will be predominantly located in mid-latitudes to provide frequent revisit over 90% of the Earth’s population. BlackSky’s constellation will complement existing satellite imaging service providers and enable a new level of global awareness by providing dynamic change detection across multiple industry sectors.

Revisit Rate Per Day

BlackSky Global’s spacecraft will fly over most major cities and economic zones between 40 and 70 times a day. This high revisit rate allows organizations to monitor basic infrastructure, economic activity, borders and key natural resources for abnormal or illegal activity.

Our Progress

We are deploying six one meter imaging spacecraft in 2016 and will orbit a sixty satellite constellation by 2019. BlackSky Global is fully funded to deploy its first six satellites and the first spacecraft are currently going through final test and checkout.

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FAQs

What is BlackSky Global?

BlackSky Global offers “satellite imaging as a service,” allowing our customers, including existing and emerging users of satellite imagery, to enable or expand their businesses. BlackSky Global is a wholesale provider of pixels, not an “answers company.”

Why was BlackSky Global created? What is BlackSky Global’s business model?

BlackSky Global was created to provide “satellite imaging as a service” to those companies, organizations and governments who cannot or do not wish to capitalize an imaging constellation of their own. Using a “pay-per-picture” business model, BlackSky Global can capture images of single sites or cover larger areas, as well as provide video at one frame per second. BlackSky Global was founded in 2013 by Jason Andrews with the goal of providing an evolving infrastructure to understand our planet in near real-time, and make geospatial data open and available to more people and organizations. This includes the ability to monitor the global economy, which totals around $78 trillion annually. High market demand exists for this information across many industries, but access to high-resolution satellite imagery has traditionally been incredibly expensive and inflexible with slow delivery rates.

What is BlackSky Global’s mission/vision?

BlackSky Global’s mission is to deploy and operate the infrastructure to enable constant global awareness while democratizing access to satellite I maging data. The company envisions an open, intelligent future where enhanced global observation leads to positive change and decision-making and a better understanding of the world in which we live.

What services does BlackSky Global offer?

BlackSky Global provides color imagery at a resolution of one-meter ground sample distance (GSD) at nadir. The company follows a “pay-per-picture” business model and can capture images of single sites or cover larger areas, as well as provide video at one frame per second. BlackSky Global’s pricing, revisit rate and user experience are designed to enable a whole new suite of businesses while supporting the needs of existing ones.

Is BlackSky Global operational?

BlackSky Global is scheduled to deploy its first six spacecraft by the end of 2016, with the first launch currently planned for Q1 2016. By the end of 2019, BlackSky Global plans to have 60 satellites in orbit, which, once completed, will be the largest fleet of high-resolution imaging satellites ever deployed.

How does BlackSky Global and its services compare to other satellite imaging services?

Several commercial companies provide high-resolution, one-meter satellite imaging. However, the satellite constellations of these companies currently measure five spacecraft or fewer and are located in very specific, sun-synchronous orbits that are ideal for mapping. BlackSky Global is currently deploying a constellation of 60 high-resolution microsats, predominantly located in mid-latitudes, to provide frequent revisit rates over 95 percent of the Earth’s population. BlackSky’s constellation will complement these existing service providers, enabling a new level of global awareness by providing dynamic detection of changes across multiple industry sectors.

How will BlackSky Global operate? How does it work?

As part of its goal to democratize access to satellite imagery, BlackSky Global is developing a Web-scale software platform that will allow its customers to rapidly request, receive and interact with satellite imagery via the Internet.

Who uses BlackSky Global?

BlackSky Global customers include companies, governments, institutions and individuals seeking access to low-cost, rapid-revisit, high-resolution satellite imagery. BlackSky’s customers use its data services to enable or grow their businesses because they eliminate the need to capitalize a large constellation of high-resolution spacecraft.

Does BlackSky Global compete with Digital Globe, Planet Labs, SkyBox and other imagery providers?

BlackSky Global’s business model is to provide imagery capacity to individuals and organizations who can monetize it. The company views Digital Globe, Planet Labs, SkyBox and other imagery providers as customers – not competitors – by providing them with additional, complementary imaging capacity that they can sell using their existing distribution channels.

What is the price of BlackSky Global’s imagery?

Consistent with its goal of democratizing access to satellite imagery, BlackSky Global will offer its imaging services for approximately one-tenth the cost of the current industry average. In addition, BlackSky Global will provide premium service offerings for priority tasking and other capabilities.

What are some of the uses or applications of BlackSky Global’s services?

BlackSky Global’s satellite imaging data leads to a variety of uses in areas such as geography, research, resource management, intelligence, geospatial technology, weather, disaster response, human rights, construction and development, media and entertainment and more. Governments and organizations can leverage the data to monitor the economy and environment, track and prevent issues such as illegal fishing and logging, and aid in humanitarian crises and natural disasters, for example. In addition, BlackSky Global’s satellite-imaging constellation will provide time-critical imagery for high-priority national security, defense and law enforcement actions, customs and border protection and critical infrastructure protection. By offering more flexibility in buying commercial space imagery, its services have implications for protecting U.S. national security and competitiveness, enabling the U.S. government to stay ahead in the next stage of the commercialization of space and assist in times of need.

What about privacy? How does BlackSky Global address security and privacy concerns?

BlackSky Global is dedicated to the privacy of its customers and the broader global community. In line with this commitment, the company’s one-meter resolution imagery is not capable of capturing individual people or determining details such as the make or model of cars. At one-meter resolution, BlackSky’s imagery can determine the existence of a car, truck or train, but little else.

How does BlackSky Global ensure it does not contribute to the generation of space debris?

BlackSky Global is committed to complying with national and international guidelines for orbital debris mitigation. The company’s spacecraft operate at orbital altitudes of 450 to 550 km and have an orbit life of one to five years. This approach adheres to the U.N. guideline dictating that deployed satellites re-enter the atmosphere within 25 years, as well as to the NASA standard that spacecraft pose a less than one in 10,000 chance of casualty on Earth. By committing itself to what it believes are industry best practices, BlackSky Global supports the global space community and ensures its satellites pose little threat to orbital debris production.

How does BlackSky Global relate to Spaceflight Industries, Spaceflight Systems and/or Spaceflight Services?

BlackSky Global is an independent entity wholly owned by Spaceflight Industries, which also includes subsidiaries and service lines Spaceflight Systems, Spaceflight Services and Spaceflight Networks. The company operates autonomously with a distinct management team, and focuses on satellite data collection to provide customers with high-resolution images.

How is BlackSky Global financed?

Spaceflight Industries has raised a total of $28.5 million over the past two years, a portion of which has gone toward funding BlackSky Global. BlackSky Global is fully funded to deploy six spacecraft by the end of 2016.

How many people work for BlackSky Global?

BlackSky Global currently has less than 20 employees and is growing quickly. The company is currently hiring exceptional individuals who want to be a part of changing how we interact with our planet.

What is the name of your spacecraft?

BlackSky Global’s first two spacecraft are named Pathfinder. The spacecraft in the operational constellation have been named Global. By the end of 2016, the company plans to have Pathfinder-1 and Pathfinder-2 on orbit as well as Global-1 through Global-4.

Careers

BlackSky Global is reinventing how we see and interact with our planet. We require experienced, creative, energetic leaders to drive execution and success. We require exceptional individuals who desire to work in a fast paced, high-pressure environment.  Individuals must be self-motivated and demonstrate personal commitment and dedication to leading others to successful project completion. We offer comprehensive health benefit coverage and very competitive time-off programs to eligible employees. To help you achieve long-term retirement goals, we offer voluntary enrollment in a 401(k) Savings Plan. Our 401(k) Savings Plan is offered to eligible employees. Additionally, we may match a portion of your 401(k) Savings Plan contributions to further supplement your retirement dollars. Benefits are subject to change. BlackSky Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Constellation Operations Engineer

The Constellation Operations Engineer will assume an integral role in the development, integration, test, analysis and operational engineering support of the BlackSky Global ground network, which includes the Network Operations Center, Constellation Management System, Spacecraft Telemetry or Imaging Processing systems and the worldwide network of Remote Ground Terminals (RGTs). The Constellation Operations Engineer will become an expert in one or more critical system components that ensure our satellite constellation operates at peak performance.

Ground Terminal Engineer

The Ground Terminal Engineer will work with systems and RF engineers in the development, deployment, testing, and operations of the antenna systems and infrastructure required for satellite communications. This position includes laboratory work as well as travel to deploy and sustain ground terminals for the satellite communications network. These responsibilities include development of new sites and sustainment of existing network assets throughout the world. Additionally this position will be responsible for the ordering, assembly, and pre-deployment testing and logistical planning for associated hardware.

Software Manager & Architect

Looking for a hands-on engineering leader who has a proven track record of building and managing engineering teams to deliver world class products. This leader must be able to dive deep into the details on business, operations and engineering as well be able to architect and drive the technical roadmap. We’re specifically looking for candidates who think big and respect the technology demands of rapid scale, but also appreciate the need to deliver incrementally in the journey of a grander vision.

Senior Software Development Engineer

Be one of the first members of our team, with the goal of building support software for management of a 60 satellite earth imaging constellation. To be successful, you’ll need to be self-motivated and driven; capable of designing scale and stability into day-to-day operational tasks. You know what needs to be done and how to accomplish it expeditiously and can confidently recommend and execute the same. As a part of this team, you will be integral to the design and development process.

Senior SDET

Be one of the first members of our team, with the goal of building support software for management of a 60 satellite earth imaging constellation. This role requires passion for quality assurance, who can be a valuable voice in the process of building a superior product, and who are excited by the opportunity to help improve our enterprise-class software-imagery-as-a-service offering. In this role, you will be involved in the entire software development lifecycle, and you’ll be responsible for designing and building test tools and automation to help ensure we’re meeting our quality guidelines at all times.

Satellite Network Engineer

The Satellite Network Engineer will have key constellation operations responsibility and will travel, as required, to deploy new infrastructure and maintain the global communications network. This position will be responsible for designing, building out, and operating our ground communications network. This includes designing satellite network updates, test and implement new equipment, diagnose and fix network problems. Candidates will be responsible for designing operation system updates, resolve operational issues, review and monitor operational performance, deploy and configure control system updates, and identify process improvements.

Senior Software Development Engineer Test

A Principal SDET assumes the role of a “Lead.” As a Lead, the Principal SDET drives the organization of a project, is kept abreast of all details (static and dynamic) pertinent to the project, and keeps his/her direct manager informed when encountering roadblocks, personal or technical. The Principal SDET also sets the technical direction of the team and is responsible for the delegation of technical tasks. Improvement of the customer experience is a principal embraced by all senior leadership, of which a Principal SDET plays a key role.

Senior Electro-optical Systems Engineer

The Senior Electro-optical Systems Engineer must have a deep understanding of satellite remote sensing imaging architectures and systems to help us design, build and test our next generation of high performance imaging spacecraft. The ideal candidate will have a unique blend of optical front end expertise, as well as knowledge of focal plane systems and read-out electronics, analysis experience and hardware development, integration and test, and project management experience.

Senior Front End Software Development Engineer

Be one of the first members of our team, with the goal of building support software for management of a 60 satellite earth imaging constellation. This role requires expert skills with HTML5 and CSS with the ability to create interactive prototypes and implement web site frontends that raise the bar of our product. You’ll build against REST APIs, using modern frameworks like Bootstrap and Angular. The work you do will be backed by a suite of automated tests, which you’ll help build. You will advocate for the use of sane, consistent design and development patterns.

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