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Blacksky的全球卫星之一坐落在杜鲁拉Leostella卫星工厂地板的景色的中心,坐落在杜鲁拉的景象的中心。(Geekwire照片/ alan boyle)

Blacksky的卫星已经生产经常更新的行星地球的高分辨率观点 - 但现在公司表示,其下一代航天器将踢出一个陷波。

甚至会有夜视。

黑尔斯基,在西雅图和埃文顿的办公室,今天宣布,它的Gen-3全球卫星将提供50厘米空间分辨率的图片,以及短波红外传感器读数

视觉图像的分辨率水平将是当前Gen-2卫星的1米分辨率的尖锐。并且短波红外成像系统应该能够提供夜视视图以及通过模糊烟雾和阴霾切割的地面的图像。

Blacksky Ceo Brian O'Toole告诉Geekwire,升级将继续,因为他的公司建造它constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit

“这不是像以前,当你不得不公顷ve some big announcement every five years,” he said. “This is just going to be expected. Customers will expect that behind Gen-3 is going to be Gen-4.”

Brian O'Toole.
Brian O'Toole是Blacksky的首席执行官,在西雅图和埃尔宁顿(Blacksky Photo)有办公室。

As of today, BlackSky has six of the Gen-2 Global spacecraft in operation — includingtwo that were launched last month根据O'toole的说法,“表现出特别”。该公司计划在明年年底前有16个Gen-2卫星,加上四颗备用卫星。(还有一个第一代探路卫星that was launched into orbit in 2016.)

Views from the Global constellation are fed intoBlacksky的Spectra地理空间平台,它使用人工智能将空间图像与来自其他来源的主体的数据相关联。由于其分析能力,光谱可以跟踪从货运传输模式到Covid-19流行病的地位的趋势。

Blacksky的下一代卫星预计将在美国军队的战术地理空间智能原型计划中发挥关键作用,称为Tacgeo。

该公司在1月份赢得了多年的合同,展示了一个卫星的战术效用,同时利用更广泛的星座的能力来支持并发军事演习和战斗培训。

“The customer would use that satellite for its own purposes, but it’ll still work as an integrated satellite in our overall Global constellation, so they get the benefit of both,” O’Toole explained.

Govtribe,一个监控联邦合同和补助金的在线服务,设置potential value of the award近1300万美元。

Today BlackSky announced that it has completed a preliminary design review of its Gen-3 design for the TACGEO program. The project is now well into its design and development phase.

“TACGEO is the first phase, it’s part of a prototype,” O’Toole said. “There will be subsequent phases, which could include more satellites.”

与Gen-2卫星一样,Gen-3版本将由Leostella建造,Blacksky和Thales alenia空间之间的合资企业杜鲁瓦总部和卫星厂,洗涤。,西雅图南部。

O'Toole说Leostella目前每月转出大约两个Gen-2卫星。亚博体育提现不出来Gen-3生产是由于开始于2022年中期。

“我们在一个地标的时候,”O'Toole说。“如果你想到它,在12个月内亚博体育提现不出来,我们得到了这些卫星,我们在生产中得到了他们,我们已经让他们运作 - 并并行,我们正在开发和创新下一代。”

陆军合同不是Blacksky的唯一支持来源:Blacksky是三个遥感企业之一获得国家侦察办公室的学习合同评估商业成像以获得国家安全目的。(另外两家公司是行星和Maxar Technologies。)

“我们仍在执行对该合同,一切都很顺利,”O'Toole说。“我们实际上通过新卫星通过合同来向他们提供图像。......我们假设他们将继续他们进入秋季的过程,并将在明年初奖励合同。“

It’s all been quite a whirl for BlackSky, whichcompleted a reorganization in June

“I’m very proud of the fact that we put in place a complete end-to-end capability that’s now working,” O’Toole said. “Between the space side, the manufacturing side, the Global operating performance, and obviously our advancements in the AI and machine-learning side of this … I feel like we’ve reached a point in time where that’s now all coming together for the first time.”

9月24日上午8:30更新:我们澄清了黑人与Leostella合资的关系的描述。

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