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BlackSky revs up satellite operations

Seattle-based BlackSky is ramping up commercial operations of its satellite-based geospatial intelligence platform, thanks to newly announced deals with the National Reconnaissance Office and HawkEye 360, a company that has its own radio-sensing satellites in orbit. Both deals were announced today in conjunction with the GEOINT … Continue reading

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Spy satellite goes into orbit after monthlong delay

The National Reconnaissance Office’s latest classified spy satellite, NROL-71, was launched today by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket into California’s sunny skies. Today’s trouble-free countdown at Vandenberg Air Force Base came in contrast to the string of … Continue reading

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America’s spy-satellite agency cheers Jeff Bezos

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos paid a visit to the National Reconnaissance Office this week — which fits right in with his plan to participate in national security space missions through his Blue Origin space venture. Based on the readout from the … Continue reading

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Systima’s pyrovalves debut on spy satellite launch

After more than a week of delays, the National Reconnaissance Office was glad to see its latest spy satellite go into orbit on Oct. 15 — and so was Kirkland, Wash.-based Systima Technologies. When a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket … Continue reading

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SpaceX’s spy satellite launch marks milestone

SpaceX launched a top-secret satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office today, then brought its Falcon 9 booster back for a spectacular touchdown at its Florida landing zone. The NROL-76 launch marks a milestone as the first SpaceX launch fully dedicated to a classified mission, … Continue reading

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