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Telespazio and BlackSky Strengthen Global Partnership

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
June 24, 2022
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  • Newly signed reseller agreement enables Telespazio’s companies worldwide to commercialize BlackSky products and services
  • Telespazio Group to enrich its Geoinformation offering with BlackSky’s dynamic, high-resolution, high-revisit imagery

ROME, 24 June 2022 (Telespazio PR) — Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has signed an updated global, non-exclusive reseller agreement with BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) enabling Telespazio Group to make BlackSky geospatial products and services commercially available to customers world-wide.

The Agreement will enable Telespazio’s companies around the world, including e-GEOS and GAF, to enrich their Geoinformation offering, by adding BlackSky’s high-resolution, high revisit dawn-todusk image products which complement the monitoring capabilities of the COSMO-SkyMed and COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation radar constellation.

“We are delighted to have strengthened our strategic partnership with BlackSky”, said Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio. “This new agreement coincides with the recent expansion of the BlackSky Global satellite constellation, which has just reached its baseline of 14 satellites, and it will significantly boost our capability to serve in an even more effective and comprehensive way our government and commercial customers in Europe and worldwide.”

“Customers around the world have a clear need for dynamic monitoring: delivering real-time intelligence and access to just-in-time information in support of their most important day-to-day decisions,” said Brian E. O’Toole, CEO of BlackSky. “We’re pleased to work with Telespazio Group to provide advanced high frequency imaging to address new and emerging business needs and change the way we see and understand our world.”

This Agreement strengthens the cooperation started in March 2018 under a wider initiative in the space sector, which also brought Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and BlackSky to form the joint venture LeoStella, a leading developer and manufacturer of small satellite technology.

Telespazio, a Leonardo and Thales 67/33 joint venture, is one of the world’s leading operators in satellite services. Its activities range from the design and development of space systems to the management of launch services, from in-orbit satellite control to Earth observation, from integrated communications, satellite navigation and localisation services to scientific programmes. Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological experience acquired over the years. Since its establishment, the company has participated in major European space programmes such as Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and COSMO-SkyMed. In 2021, Telespazio generated sales of EUR 605 million while employing more than 3,000 people in fifteen different countries.