BlackSky to provide its Gen-3 satellite services to Indonesian MoD




by Oishee Majumdar

A satellite imagery supplied by BlackSky to the Indonesian MoD. Through BlackSky’s subscription-based services, the Indonesian MoD is guaranteed access and first-priority tasking capacity over their national and regional areas of interest. (BlackSky)

Virginia-based BlackSky Technology Inc has secured a contract to provide the services of its Gen-3 Earth observation satellites to the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

Under the contract, BlackSky will also provide “ground station capabilities and flight operations support” to the MoD, the company said on 8 February. BlackSky is also providing “subscription-based real-time satellite imagery and analytics services to support the Indonesian MoD”, under a separate contract announced in January.

“These multi-year contracts have a combined value of approximately USD50 million,” BlackSky said.

BlackSky’s CEO Brian E O’Toole said, “Indonesia’s first sovereign satellites will share the same advanced capabilities as BlackSky’s future Gen-3 commercial constellation.” A spokesperson for BlackSky told
Janes
on 7 February that the “Gen-3 class satellites are capable of 35 cm electro-optical imagery and will have advanced communications capabilities that help reduce tasking-to-delivery speeds”.




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