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BlackSky Awarded $1.7M NASA Contract to Advance Earth Science Research

By David Bullock
Parabolic Arc
August 25, 2022
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HERNDON, Va. (BlackSky Technology Inc. PR) — BlackSky Technology Inc. (NYSE: BKSY) received its first call order, worth $1.7 million, from NASA to evaluate accessibility, accuracy, quality and utility of the Company’s imaging data services for the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program.

“New discoveries in Earth science can be accelerated with innovative research methods and real-time dynamic data sets that keep up with the increasingly rapid pace and scale of change on our planet,” said Dr. Patrick O’Neil, BlackSky chief innovation officer.

“NASA-funded investigators will have efficient on-demand access to BlackSky’s dawn-to-dusk imagery data with sophisticated search and collection flexibility through our Spectra AI tasking and analytics platform. We are honored to serve NASA and its earth science mission,” O’Neil added.

This call order was issued under a five-year Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program, sole-source blanket purchase agreement announced in November 2021 to provide high-revisit satellite imaging data in support of NASA’s existing Earth System Science and applications development for the benefit of society.

About BlackSky

BlackSky is a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence. BlackSky delivers on-demand, high frequency imagery, monitoring and analytics of the most critical and strategic locations, economic assets, and events in the world.

BlackSky designs, owns and operates one of the industry’s leading low earth orbit small satellite constellations, optimized to capture imagery cost-efficiently where and when our customers need it. BlackSky’s Spectra AI software platform processes data from BlackSky’s constellation and from other third-party sensors to develop the critical insights and analytics that our customers require.

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