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BlackSky wins multi-million dollar contract in support of US DoD moving target study

BlackSky Technology won a multi-million dollar contract in support of the US Department of Defense to collect and annotate thousands of BlackSky multi-frame burst images to train moving target artificial intelligence models for commercial motion imagery.

“We are taking BlackSky’s industry-leading ability to monitor moving objects from space another step forward by enhancing analytic accuracy and the ability to recognize patterns of life,” said Patrick O’Neil, BlackSky chief technology officer. “This foundational work is expected to help decrease the time to develop moving target algorithms for other related customer-led initiatives.”

BlackSky multi-frame burst images are collected in rapid succession during a single satellite pass over an area of interest. With multiple view angles captured within a matter of seconds, burst imagery can be used to generate 3D volumetric products and very accurate movement-oriented detection analytics. Burst imagery, along with all BlackSky offerings, can uniquely be captured from early in the day to late in the evening.

The contract provides subscription-based access to the BlackSky Spectra® tasking and analytics platform. The customer expects to use BlackSky’s high-cadence, low-latency imagery and automated analytics to support customer-approved exercises, technology demonstrations and operations.

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