Today we announced we have completed critical on-orbit milestones with our Global-1 and -2 smallsats, the first two spacecraft in our rapid revisit, Earth-imaging constellation. As part of that announcement, we also revealed a stack of imagery, further demonstrating how our systems and processes are healthy and performing well. Needless to say, it’s very exciting to see years of work come to fruition.
Let’s take a closer look at some image stacks. Keep in mind, image stacks are the backbone of BlackSky’s monitoring capabilities and the key to accessing new value in remote sensing through timely temporal insights. The constellation’s goal is to provide a fast revisit rate critical for monitoring economic changes. Imagine not only being able to image specific locations multiple times a day, but getting those images delivered in hours. That’s revolutionary in the industry and it’s precisely what we’re building.
The first time-series stack highlights BlackSky site monitoring over Melbourne, Australia in the last week of March 2019. Commercial container shipping traffic is visible at Swanson Dock East along with crane, container, truck, and train activity throughout the industrial region in the northwest quadrant of the image. Small vessels move along the Yarra River, vehicles proceed along the M1 and the M2, and trains are seen arriving and departing from Southern Cross Station. In the Docklands neighborhood to the west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, Marvel Stadium rises over Central Pier and the waterfront. Skyscrapers, parks, and construction activity in the Central Business District are visible to the east. Parking patterns, traffic conditions, and train locations quickly reveal the first image in the time-series stack as a weekend collection.
Download the full resolution files here. (This is a pre-production time-series image stack that is not fully representative of a BlackSky imagery product. Copyright BlackSky Global LLC. All rights reserved.)
BlackSky has designed its systems to deliver faster revisit, lower latency, better time diversity, and higher responsiveness than any existing satellite imaging service. Much of this performance improvement stems from a cloud-native architecture and full end-to-end automation. Innovation at every level of the mission cycle – including BlackSky-built command and control systems, ground equipment, satellites, and image processing algorithms – enables market-leading system independence.
We are tremendously grateful to all of our employees, contractors, suppliers, investors, and supporters who have brought us to this point. These image stacks are testaments to their passion for excellence.
Stay tuned for more,