- Maxar’s strategic investment layers its satellite imagery with Blackshark.ai’s semantic 3D geospatial platform
Maxar Technologies has made a strategic investment in Blackshark.ai, a provider of artificial intelligence(AI)-powered geospatial analytics services. The partnership represents Maxar’s commitment to innovation within its 3D Earth Intelligence product portfolio.
The Blackshark.ai platform processes petabytes of satellite imagery in hours, and it detects and segments objects, roads, vegetation, and other infrastructure on the surface of the planet without human intervention. This semantic information is used to create a comprehensive 3D digital model of the world.
The strategic investment in Blackshark allows Maxar to bring additional 3D capabilities to broader markets for more customers and opens up a new revenue stream from Blackshark. Blackshark.ai will leverage Maxar’s global cloudless satellite imagery basemap, Vivid, to create a performant and photo-realistic 3D map for enterprise and government customers in industries such as gaming, metaverse, simulation and mixed reality environments. For example, this type of offering would enable flight simulator customers to access immersive 3D digital experiences with low latency and global scale. This capability is Intended for customers who may not need the global accuracy of Maxar’s full Precision3D suite.