Sept. 24 (UPI) — BlackSky announced plans on Thursday to expand its network to include satellites that can provide high-resolution and nighttime images for the U.S. military.
BlackSky, already a major provider of global monitoring services, geospatial intelligence and satellite imagery for the Pentagon, said its Gen-3 satellite architecture will be able to produce images with 50-centimeter resolution and enhanced spectral diversity.
The upgrades will allow it to provide real-time insights to customers that include the Department of Defense as part of a contract awarded to the company in January.
The first Gen-3 satellites are set to launch and become operational in 2022, the company said.
The company also said it has conducted the preliminary design review of Gen-3 satellite design review for the U.S. Army Tactical GEOINT program as part of a multi-year contract with the Defense Innovation Unit.
The Gen-3 satellites will allow the DoD to support concurrent