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HawkEye 360 Provides RF Data to BlackSky

By | June 3, 2019
Photo: BlackSky

Photo: BlackSky

HawkEye 360 signed an agreement with BlackSky to provide Application Programming Interface (API) access to selected Radio Frequency (RF) data for customers interested in global spectrum monitoring. BlackSky intends to integrate data from HawkEye 360’s RF satellites into the BlackSky geospatial platform and resell it to its customers as part of its analytical services.

BlackSky officially began its commercial operations in early May, after completing several on-orbit milestones of its first two Earth-imaging spacecraft, Global-1 and -2. The company is scheduled to launch Global-3 and Global-4 in the coming months and plans to launch four more satellites later this year.

“Our combined data sets provide unparalleled visibility into previously undetected activity such as illegal fishing, sanctions violations, and human trafficking,” said Chris DeMay, founder and CTO of HawkEye 360. “By integrating HawkEye 360’s RF data into the BlackSky platform, users can geolocate ships who have attempted to ‘go dark’ and tip-and-cue BlackSky satellites for additional evidence of the illicit activity. HawkEye is excited to partner with BlackSky to provide time-dominant, multi-intelligence global awareness services.”