Our Mission

BlackSky’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 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 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’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 provides color imagery at a resolution of 1 meter ground sample distance (GSD) at nadir. BlackSky’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’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 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?

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

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

BlackSky 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 can capture images of single sites or cover larger areas, as well as provide video at one frame per second. BlackSky 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’s mission/vision?

BlackSky’s mission is to deploy and operate the infrastructure to enable constant global awareness while democratizing access to satellite imaging 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 offer?

BlackSky 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’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 operational?

BlackSky 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 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 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 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 operate? How does it work?

As part of its goal to democratize access to satellite imagery, BlackSky 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?

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

BlackSky’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’s imagery?

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

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

BlackSky’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’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 address security and privacy concerns?

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

BlackSky 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 supports the global space community and ensures its satellites pose little threat to orbital debris production.

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

BlackSky 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 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. BlackSky is fully funded to deploy six spacecraft by the end of 2016.

How many people work for BlackSky?

BlackSky 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’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 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

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