Rocket Lab launches two Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global

Rocket Lab launched two satellites to orbit Wednesday night (Dec. 8). A Rocket Lab Electron launcher carrying two commercial Earth observation spacecraft lifted off from the company’s New Zealand site at 7:02 p.m. EST (1:02 p.m. Dec. 9 local New Zealand time, or 0002 Dec. 9 GMT). “And away we go! Our 23rd Electron launch … Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 50 satellites to orbit for Starlink megaconstellation, BlackSky

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX just launched the first of four planned Falcon 9 rocket launches this month, with its workhorse rocket carrying a stack of 48 Starlink satellites and two BlackSky Earth observation satellites into orbit, before sticking a booster landing at sea. The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex … Read more

Successful Rocket Lab Launch Strengthens BlackSky Constellation by Two Satellites

Satellites enter revenue generation six days after launch HERNDON, Va., November 30, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) successfully added two satellites to its constellation following the Rocket Lab “Love at First Insight” launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on November 18. The satellites were fully operational and commercially available within six days of launch. This … Read more

BlackSky makes a deal to sell satellite imagery to NASA

One of BlackSky’s Earth observation satellites is readied for launch. (Rocket Lab Photo) BlackSky Technology says it has secured a five-year, sole-source blanket purchase agreement with NASA for the use of high-revisit satellite imaging data in support of the space agency’s Earth observation research. The agreement announced today is part of NASA’s Commercial Smallsat Data … Read more

Rocket Lab Reschedules BlackSky Mission

Rocket Lab calls Electron the world’s first full-carbon composite orbital launch vehicle. Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. has scheduled two dedicated launches for Seattle-based BlackSky Global in November, the company announced Oct. 11. A two-week window is planned for the first launch — from Nov. 11 to Nov. 24 —when its Electron rocket will … Read more

Now that it’s gone public, BlackSky will boldly go into new markets

BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole (center) and other company executives celebrate ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. (Black Sky Photo) As a private venture, BlackSky made a name for itself providing satellite imagery and data analysis primarily for military and government customers. But now that it’s an independent, publicly traded company, the … Read more

BlackSky data venture glides into first day of public trading

An artist’s conception shows BlackSky’s Global satellites in orbit. (BlackSky Illustration) BlackSky, the geospatial data analysis company that got its start in Seattle, eased into its first day of public trading on the New York Stock Exchange today, clinching a blank-check merger deal that unlocked about $283 million in capital. The business combination with Osprey … Read more

Rocket Lab to launch three sets of BlackSky satellites

Rocket Lab will perform the three launches between late August and the end of September from New Zealand. Rocket Lab has announced that its next mission is part of a rapid launch schedule of three dedicated Electron missions for Spaceflight Inc.’s customer, global monitoring provider BlackSky. Scheduled to lift-off from Launch Complex 1 on New … Read more

Spaceflight Now Managing 3 Consecutive Rocket Lab Launches For BlackSky – SatNews

Spaceflight is currently managing three consecutive dedicated Rocket Lab launches for its customer BlackSky, a leading technology platform providing real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring. The back-to-back-to-back launches will each carry two BlackSky smallsats to LEO. Spaceflight’s RL-8, coined “Love At First Insight” by Rocket Lab, is the first of the launches and slated to … Read more

As BlackSky Tees Up Hourly Imagery, NRO Extends Contract – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

BlackSky mapping image showing the past 30 days of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul. WASHINGTON: When commercial imaging startup BlackSky launches six satellites, now scheduled for as early as next week, the company will be able to offer hourly pictures of most major population areas, says Peter Wegner, the firm’s chief technology officer. The launch … Read more