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Telespazio and BlackSky strengthen global partnership

By Eric Van Rees - 27th June 2022 - 06:15

Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has signed an updated global, non-exclusive reseller agreement with BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) enabling Telespazio Group to make BlackSky geospatial products and services commercially available to customers world-wide.

The Agreement will enable Telespazio’s companies around the world, including e-GEOS and GAF, to enrich their Geoinformation offering, by adding BlackSky’s high-resolution, high revisit dawn-to-dusk image products which complement the monitoring capabilities of the COSMO-SkyMed and COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation radar constellation.

“We are delighted to have strengthened our strategic partnership with BlackSky”, said Luigi Pasquali, CEO of Telespazio. “This new agreement coincides with the recent expansion of the BlackSky Global satellite constellation, which has just reached its baseline of 14 satellites, and it will significantly boost our capability to serve in an even more effective and comprehensive way our government and commercial customers in Europe and worldwide.”

“Customers around the world have a clear need for dynamic monitoring: delivering real-time intelligence and access to just-in-time information in support of their most important day-to-day decisions,” said Brian E. O’Toole, CEO of BlackSky. “We’re pleased to work with Telespazio Group to provide advanced high frequency imaging to address new and emerging business needs and change the way we see and understand our world.”

This Agreement strengthens the cooperation started in March 2018 under a wider initiative in the space sector, which also brought Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and BlackSky to form the joint venture LeoStella, a leading developer and manufacturer of small satellite technology.

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