SPRINGFIELD, Virginia – Navy Vice Adm. Frank D. Whitworth III assumed command as the eighth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters here June 3.
Whitworth, who replaces Navy Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, takes the helm at NGA after previously serving as the director for intelligence on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon.
Contract to provide GEOINT, Infrastructure support and training for the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System and Air National Guard locations worldwide
ARLINGTON, Va., May 12, 2022 (Raytheon PR) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to continue Geospatial Intelligence system mission support and training for the U.S. Air Force’s Distributed Common Ground System, or AF DCGS, and Air National Guard locations worldwide.
Capella will use the funding, led by NightDragon, to expand its AI-enabled geospatial analytics and imaging offerings for its satellite sensors that penetrate all weather conditions – clouds, fog, smoke, rain – and capture clear imagery 24-7, day and night, across the globe
SAN FRANCISCO (Capella Space PR) — Capella Space, the leading earth observation company, today announced a $97M Series C financing round led by NightDragon, with significant participation from existing investors DCVC and Cota Capital. Capella plans to use the funding to expand its offerings and continue its mission to provide 24-7 access to frequent, timely and high-quality satellite analytics and imagery products to customers with demanding geospatial intelligence needs worldwide.
Capella’s SAR (synthetic aperture radar) sensors are deployed across its seven satellites in orbit today, with more satellites ready to launch across 2022 and 2023. This constellation can penetrate all weather conditions – clouds, fog, smoke, rain – and capture clear imagery 24-7, day and night, providing unparalleled insight into what is happening anywhere on the globe at any given moment. Recent global events in Ukraine and Russia have shown that access to accurate and timely earth observation data has never been more critical.
Maxar’s strategic investment layers its best-in-class satellite imagery with Blackshark.ai’s semantic 3D geospatial platform to provide rapidly updated, comprehensive geospatial intelligence and 3D representation at global scale.
GRAZ, Austria (Blackshark.ai PR) — Maxar Technologies, provider of comprehensive space solutions and secure, precise, geospatial intelligence, strategically invested in Blackshark.ai, a leading provider of AI-powered geospatial analytics services. The partnership represents Maxar’s commitment to innovation within its 3D Earth Intelligence product portfolio.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (NGA PR) — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency signed a Partnership Intermediary Agreement, or PIA, with T-Rex innovation and entrepreneur center in St. Louis Feb. 17.
PIAs help industry and academia leverage government developed data and technology.
The agreement with T-Rex will support NGA’s vision for the development of the next generation workforce and geospatial technology to address evolving challenges to national security, said Phil Chudoba, NGA’s associate director for capabilities.
“We are excited to partner with T-Rex and explore ways to leverage the deep ties T-REX has within the geospatial sector,” said Chudoba.
The PIA allows NGA to engage with non-traditional organizations, companies and small businesses to transfer technology, drive the geospatial market and conduct pre-acquisition discovery support. General objectives outlined in the agreement include increasing STEM capacity in underserved communities, creating a repository of unclassified imagery and data to support academic and industry engagement and leveraging university researchers to contribute to innovation.
New platform will detect and characterize Global Navigation Satellite Systems spoofing operations using artificial intelligence and commercially available data
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 10, 2022 (Orbital Insight PR) —Orbital Insight, the leader in geospatial intelligence, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver a new technology platform for identifying intentional Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) interference and manipulation operations across the world. The platform will leverage commercially available data to detect GNSS spoofing, where falsified or manipulated GNSS signals are used to confuse adversaries or obscure illicit activities, presenting risk to both government and commercial operations. Orbital Insight was selected through DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) solicitation process seeking commercial solutions to counter the growing threat of GNSS disruptions to national security.
Five-year partnership builds on existing technology collaboration
Unlocks advanced image and geospatial products, and tailored AI insights for customers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Satellogic PR) — Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ:SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution satellite imagery collection, today announced a new partnership with Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR), a leading builder of operating systems for the modern enterprise. Under the agreement, Satellogic will leverage Palantir’s Foundry platform, accelerating business processes, rapid image product delivery, AI model training, and enterprise-wide data integration. Palantir’s government and commercial customers will have access to Satellogic’s Aleph platform APIs to power their use of Palantir’s MetaConstellation and Edge AI capabilities.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (PredaSAR PR) — PredaSAR, a Terran Orbital Corporation, has been selected for contract award under the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Systems Acquisition Directorate’s Closed Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Strategic Collection Enhancements (SCE) in the Commercial Radar focus area.
PredaSAR is fielding one of the most technologically advanced commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems available in the satellite imaging industry. The PredaSAR constellation will offer robust capabilities to commercial and national security customers, including a flexible and responsive remote sensing platform, low latency, frequent revisit times, and the ability to host secondary payloads.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Airbus U.S. Space & Defense PR) – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) has partnered with Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc to evaluate Airbus’ market leading Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data and its potential to support U.S national security and defense missions.
Leidos enters into strategic partnership to develop advanced collaborative analytics leveraging HawkEye 360’s unique RF intelligence data
Herndon, Va., January 6, 2021 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the world’s leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced it has added Leidos as an investor and strategic partner in a second close of its Series D round. The $5 million investment from Leidos brings the total value of Series D funding to $150 million. As a strategic partner, Leidos will use its expertise in developing advanced analytics to leverage HawkEye 360’s unique RF geospatial intelligence data.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (Maxar Technologies PR) — Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), provider of comprehensive space solutions and secure, precise, geospatial intelligence, today announced contract extensions with three long-standing international defense and intelligence customers.
The three agreements total more than $100 million and extend these customers’ ability to directly task and download 30 cm-class satellite imagery to their ground stations from Maxar’s current constellation under Maxar’s Direct Access Program. This program enables defense, intelligence and commercial customers to access the world’s most advanced Earth imaging satellites, with encrypted downlinks, committed availability and data distribution rights that fit mission needs.
New satellites deliver customer analyses within first 14 hours of launch
HERNDON, Va., November 18, 2021 (BlackSky PR) – BlackSky’s (NYSE: BKSY) latest satellites reached orbit and delivered first insights within 14 hours of launch. The company’s constellation growth signals a return to space and an increased capacity for global customers.
MAHIA, New Zealand. 18 November 2021 (Rocket Lab PR) – Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB), a leading launch and space systems company, has successfully deployed two satellites to orbit for real-time geospatial monitoring company BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY). Rocket Lab also successfully introduced helicopter operations to a recovery mission for the first time, using a helicopter to observe and track the Electron rocket’s first stage as it descended to Earth under parachute as part of the company’s program to make Electron the world’s first reusable, orbital-class commercial small rocket.
3rd Quarter Revenue Up Over 49% YoY On a Year to Date Basis, Total Revenue up over 53%
HERNDON, Va., November 12, 2021 (BlackSky PR) — BlackSky Technology Inc. (“BlackSky” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BKSY), a leading technology platform providing real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring, today announced its results for the third quarter of 2021.
Key points from the third quarter include:
Revenue of $7.9 million, up 49% from 3Q 2020
Net loss of $46.9 million or a loss of $0.67 per diluted share
Adjusted EBITDA loss of $16.2 million
Cash balance at the end of 3Q 2021 was $198 million
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (NGA PR) – National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, in his role as the GEOINT Functional Manager, recently published the National System for Geospatial Intelligence Enterprise Commercial GEOINT Strategy 2021-2025, calling on the GEOINT community to leverage more commercial technologies and methods to help the enterprise move faster and grow stronger.
“By taking a community approach to commercial GEOINT – one that aligns with our overarching NSG strategic goals, we continue to pave a way forward that not only benefits and supports our global national security needs but expands our partnerships within the growing sector of commercial GEOINT – giving access to responsive and innovative tools and capabilities that will help us meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond,” Sharp said.