BlackSky secures NRO contract mod
Herndon, VA-based BlackSky Holdings, Inc. announced August 17 that it has been awarded a contract modification from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to provide on-demand satellite imagery through a monthly subscription. The requirements and funding for this effort will be transferred to NRO’s Electro-Optical Commercial Layer program.
BlackSky’s high-resolution satellite constellation will generate imagery for defense and intelligence communities to support homeland defense, national security, disaster and emergency response missions. BlackSky’s real-time imagery offers timely and relevant information on pattern-of-life anomalies that meet critical mission requirements and enable warfighters to make informed decisions.
“BlackSky is proud to be supporting our intelligence analysts and warfighters with their mission requirements with on-demand imagery services,” said Brian O’Toole, CEO of BlackSky. “We are seeing strong demand for tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance from government agencies including this customer, which is increasing its monthly subscription to BlackSky’s commercial imagery.”
BlackSky’s satellites provide high, intraday revisit capabilities, allowing customers to receive multiple images a day, throughout the day, rather than just one image collected at roughly the same time each day. BlackSky seeks to build its constellation to 30 high-resolution multi-spectral satellites capable of monitoring the most important locations on Earth every 30 minutes, day or night.