The National Reconnaissance Office selected three companies to conduct satellite imagery studies that aim to evaluate industryâs capacity to help the U.S. government address geospatial intelligence requirements by 2023.
MaxarÂ TechnologiesÂ (NYSE: MAXR), Spaceflight Industriesâ BlackSky Global subsidiary andÂ PlanetÂ received separateÂ contracts to help NRO determine requirements for future commercial imagery procurements, the agency said Monday.
Troy Meink, director of NROâs geospatial intelligence directorate, told attendees at the 2019 GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio that the office aimsÂ to expand its commercial partnerships withÂ the remote sensing industry.
âCommercial imagery is an essential part of our current and future overhead architecture and it represents a new way of doing business at the NRO,â Meink said.
The agency expectsÂ to begin procuring new commercial imagery technology in late 2020.