BlackSky Awarded NRO Contract for Commercial Imagery to Support U.S. Government Mission Needs

Herndon, VA – June 3, 2019 — BlackSky, a leading provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, announced it has been awarded a Study Contract through the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to provide commercial satellite imagery.

The NRO is responsible for providing the defense and intelligence communities with access to high-resolution commercial imagery to support homeland defense, national security, disaster and emergency response missions enabling them to make informed decisions with confidence.

“Being selected by the NRO to participate in the study contract validates how BlackSky has quickly become a trusted partner of providing mission-critical global intelligence,” said Brian O’Toole, CEO of BlackSky. “We’re combining high-revisit satellite imaging with a unique analytic solution for site monitoring, all at a price point not seen before with traditional providers. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with the NRO and continuing our support of the U.S. government’s existing and emerging security and intelligence needs.”

BlackSky recently announced it has successfully achieved significant on-orbit milestones of its first two Earth-imaging spacecraft, Global-1 and Global-2, and has started commercial availability. The company is on track to launch Global-3 and Global-4 in the coming months and plans to launch four more satellites in the constellation later this year.  

About BlackSky: BlackSky’s premier global monitoring and alerting services provide an easy, affordable way to observe, analyze and act on timely and relevant insights about the planet. BlackSky combines access to high-quality satellite images from multiple sources, including its own planned 60-satellite constellation, with a diverse set of real-time sensor data such as social media, news and other data feeds. Whether you’re tracking economic assets, monitoring illegal maritime activity, or securing troops and borders, BlackSky ensures you have the most current and meaningful information at your fingertips so you can make well-informed decisions. BlackSky is part of Spaceflight Industries and based in Seattle, Wash. For more information, visit www.blacksky.com.

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