BlackSky and Palantir’s pilot program boosts geospatial intelligence

Satellite imagery from BlackSky

BlackSky and Palantir have announced the results of their geospatial pilot project.

As part of their strategic partnership, BlackSky integrated commercial satellite imagery and analytics with Palantir's enterprise platform Palantir Foundry.

This combination creates an intelligent monitoring system capable of predicting Earth events from space. The solution pairs high-resolution imagery with deep analytics to encourage proactive decision-making.

In a series of exercises, the pilot program's capabilities were successfully demonstrated to experts in geointelligence. Most notably, the BlackSky-Palantir solution will help government and defense intelligence squads execute time-sensitive operations.

“Our joint pilot program with Palantir highlights the vital impact of real-time insights,” said Brian O’Toole, BlackSky CEO.

O’Toole continued, “The use of our data and analytics in these types of exercises drives demand for our geospatial intelligence as customers experience the rapid delivery of first-to-know insights that can inform proactive strategic decision making.”

Commenting on its analytics platform, BlackSky said Spectra AI spots potential threats in high-risk locations such as airports and construction sites. Through computer vision, the platform detects movement, damage, and anomalies in critical areas.

With Spectra AI incorporated into Palantir Foundry, geospatial analysts can access real-time insights on ground events without human intervention.

“Our collaboration with BlackSky radically compresses the decision-chain for warfighters,” said Shyam Sankar, Palantir Technologies COO.

“It gives users unprecedented control over orbital sensors and operationalizes AI insights from space to support better, faster decisions on earth. Palantir’s software continues to provide the operating system for operational decision-making at the edge across domains, from space to mud.”