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With the launch of another satellite, BlackSky accelerates its constellation plan

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Following the successful launch of its seventh satellite on Monday, the BlackSky satellite imagery and data analytics company has announced that it will accelerate the deployment of its planned 30 satellite constellations. It plans to implement opportunities this year, which were originally planned for 2022.

Founded in 2014 as a subsidiary of local subsidiary Spaceflight Industries, BlackSky has approximately 140 employees, equally divided between its corporate “sales headquarters” in Herndon, Virginia, Seattle.

BlackSky satellites can monitor anywhere on Earth ել provide high-resolution images և data for both commercial and US military customers. Its own image analysis platform uses artificial intelligence algorithms to extract objects of interest to extract data on economic, social and national security data.

It announced last month that it plans to go public through a merger with Osprey Technology Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) – also known as an “empty check” company, which is funded by investors before they know it. what will be achieved?

BlackSky spokeswoman Colin Moffitt said the acquisition was ongoing and was expected to be completed in July.

Although the COVID-19 epidemic has paralyzed air travel and severely criticized the aircraft business, commercial space companies continue to be part of the boom in the aerospace industry. BlackSky currently has 30 to 40 jobs in the company, and says it plans to have 200 employees by the end of the year.

Its satellites, the size of a college dormitory refrigerator, were built by LeukStella at BlackSky համատեղ a joint venture with European satellite maker Thales Alenia Space, located south of Boeing Field in Tuckville.

LeoStella currently has more than 40 employees with open positions in engineering, manufacturing, finance and other positions.

Spokeswoman Megan Nilsson said LeoStella now has 16 satellites currently in production for BlackSky and will produce at least two satellites for the San Francisco-based Loft Orbital.

BlackSky’s initial plan for 60 satellite constellations was transformed into 30 as more sophisticated imaging technology became available that could provide the coverage needed with fewer satellites. Moffit said BlackSky aims to have all 30 in orbit by 2024.

By 2023, they should include the recently announced third-generation satellites, which will provide clearer images of up to 50 centimeters և short-wave infrared for low light և night vision.

The satellite, which orbited the New Aland’s rocket launch site, landed on one of the small, 60-foot-high Electron space rockets built by the San Francisco-based Rocket Lab. The route was carried out by Seattle-based Spaceflight, which organizes the launch of several satellite manufacturers of various rockets.

BlackSky has contracts with four Rocket Lab missions that will occupy eight satellites and work with multiple launch providers to reach the rest of their constellation.

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