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BlackSky announces five Rocket Lab missions for 2021 and delivers first insights within 24 hours of launch

BlackSky, a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence and global monitoring services, who has recently announced a planned business combination with Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: SFTW), today reported it has secured five Rocket Lab missions to deploy nine satellites between March and the end of 2021.

BlackSky has also announced that its latest Gen-2 satellite, BlackSky 7, delivered first insights within 24 hours of launch. Within that time frame, the BlackSky operations team conducted satellite checkout and the satellite collected its first images. At the same time, those images were downlinked, processed and analyzed using BlackSky’s Spectra AI suite of AI/ML algorithms to detect objects of interest and establish the first insight milestone.

Brian E. O’Toole, CEO of BlackSky, said, “The maturity of the BlackSky architecture enables the rapid and reliable addition of satellites into our constellation. BlackSky’s ability to scale its sensor and analytic infrastructure allows the company to deliver first-to-know insights for customers. Further, our ability to predictably expand our network allows BlackSky to offer customers on-demand capacity.”

BlackSky’s Gen-2 satellite was designed and manufactured by LeoStella, BlackSky’s smallsat development and manufacturing partner. BlackSky 7 is another satellite off the LeoStella manufacturing line, where an additional 16 BlackSky satellites are in production.

Through its growing constellation of high-revisit satellites, BlackSky monitors global events and activities providing enhanced situational awareness for commercial and government customers around the world.

In 2023, BlackSky expects to begin including its recently announced Gen-3 satellites, which are intended to have 50 cm resolution and short-wave infrared (SWIR) for low light and nighttime imaging capabilities, moving toward the completion of its projected 30-spacecraft constellation.

The multi-launch agreement, inked with launch services provider Spaceflight Inc. who will manage the integration and launch services for BlackSky, includes the launch of nine BlackSky satellites across five Electron missions this year.

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