Agreement for development of BlackSky constellation: 60 satellites to observe the Earth
Paris, France - The contract signed today between Space Alliance and Spaceflight Industries
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements: - A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform and plans to build and operate a constellation of 60 small high-resolution observation satellites featuring very short revisit times; - The creation of an industrial Joint-Venture in the United States between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries specialized in the production of small satellites; - The implementation of a Joint Cooperation and Marketing Agreement between Telespazio and BlackSky enhancing their respective product and analytics portfolios on the market. The Earth observation market is undergoing constant changes, with an increasing focus on requirements that combine high resolution and much shorter revisit times. The three industries are combining their strengths to offer a constellation of small satellites that will be deployed in conjunction with a smart ground segment to offer services by calling on massive and automated data/image processing. The result is a disruptive product, designed not only for traditional customers in the commercial observation market, but also to support the development of new vertical B2B markets, such as mining, energy, transport, finance, agriculture, industry and environment, and even B2C. The agreement will be finalized pending all required regulatory authorizations.
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