Next generation space-based GEOINT service provides operators a tactical advantage with high-frequency, low-latency imagery and advanced AI exploitation tools
HERNDON, Va. (March 7, 2023) – BlackSky Technology Inc. (NYSE: BKSY) won a $150+ million competitive contract to provide advanced space-based tactical GEOINT-as-a-service to an international ministry of defense customer.
“BlackSky is taking real-time, space-based tactical GEOINT to the next level with industry-leading rapid revisit capabilities and fully automated low-latency delivery of AI-derived mission intelligence,” said Brian E. O’Toole, BlackSky CEO. “Our superior software-to-satellite architecture is now trusted by multiple international defense ministries as a premier tool informing critical day-to-day operations.”
“Succeeding in a dynamic, modern operational environment requires the unique technical architecture and monitoring capabilities BlackSky brings to the table,” said a senior international MoD customer familiar with the contract. “We have confidence in BlackSky’s ability to meet our needs for agile, real-time intelligence.”
This multi-year contract for advanced subscription-based GEOINT-as-a-services is aligned with the deployment of Blacksky’s next-generation constellation and contains options to extend services as needed.
“BlackSky is pushing operationally secure, mission-critical GEOINT to the most forward edge of the battle area, directly into the hands of tactical operators,” said O’Toole. “Whereas a conventional static mapping approach to mission critical GEOINT is of limited value, BlackSky’s real-time intelligence service is commercially-available and ready to help governments and commercial partners worldwide accelerate the value of tactical GEOINT derived from space-based assets from hours down to minutes.”
BlackSky is a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence. BlackSky delivers on-demand, high frequency imagery, monitoring and analytics of the most critical and strategic locations, economic assets, and events in the world.
BlackSky designs, owns and operates one of the industry’s leading low earth orbit small satellite constellations, optimized to capture imagery cost-efficiently where and when our customers need it. BlackSky Spectra AI software platform processes data from BlackSky’s constellation and from other third-party sensors to develop the critical insights and analytics that our customers require.
BlackSky is relied upon by U.S. and international government agencies, commercial businesses, and organizations around the world. BlackSky is headquartered in Herndon, VA, and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange as BKSY. To learn more, visit www.blacksky.com and follow us on Twitter.
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